THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) says qualifications from tertiary institutions such as trade certificates, diploma or university degree are not equivalent to a grade 12 certificate.
The Commission has since emphasised that qualifications from tertiary institutions will not be separately be accepted without a 12 certificate.
Speaking at a media briefing, ECZ chief executive officer Kryticous Nshindano said all candidates aspiring to be Members of Parliament will be required to have a grade 12 certificate.
He further said individuals intending to stand should have their grade 12 certificates validated by the Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ) or the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA).
“Aspiring candidates should ensure that they obtain supporting letters from institutions validating their certificates, which should be presented together with the nomination papers and verified certificates on the Nomination Day,” Mr Nshindano.
This follows the guidance by the Constitutional Court in the case of Bizwayo Nkunika verses Lawrence Nyirenda and ECZ relating to the interpretation of the term “grade 12 certificate or its equivalent” under Article 70 (1) (d) of the Constitution of Zambia.
Meanwhile, the Commission disclosed that after receiving submissions on the delimitation exercise conducted in all districts across the country in 2019, the Commission has increased the number of wards from 1,624 to 1,853 and polling districts from 7,700 to 8,999.
“The review of constituency boundaries was also concluded and the Delimitation Report has been concluded,” he said.
Mr Nshindano however said the number of constituencies has remained the same at 156.
“This therefore implies that for the 2021 General Election, the Commission will have to work within this number of constituencies provided for in the Republican Constitution,” he said.
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KABWE Central constituency Member of Parliament, Tutwa Ngulube has written to Central province commissioner of police, Chola Katanga complaining that he was harassed by police officers during the Patriotic Front (PF) general conference in Kabwe.
Mr Ngulube said he was harassed by police together with his professional assistant at Nkrumah University during the PF’s general conference.
However, a video has emerged on social media showing Mr Ngulube differing with some police officers while describing the incident as b**t.
He also alleged that some police officers were after his life.
And in his letter addressed to the commissioner of police, Mr Ngulube alleges that Kabwe district commanding officer Lemekani Chirwa instructed his officers to hound him out of the conference hall for unknown reasons.
He said the incident happened shortly after his name was announced as a newly ratified member of the PF central committee member.
Mr Ngulube lamented that the action by police was also extended to his professional assistant Thandizo Banda, who he said was accused of of filming the deliberations in full view of the senior party members.
“The latest of many instances of police harassment on me under the command of Mr Chirwa happened at Nkrumah University during the PF general conference , when he instructed his officers to hound me out of the conference for unknown reasons which almost disrupted the smooth flow of the conference,” reads the letter in parts.