ECZ sets date for Masaiti by-elections

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:39:43 +0000

THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has set Tuesday April 25, 2017, as the date on which to hold the district chairperson’s election for Masaiti and local government by-election in Ipongo and Kasamba wards.

The elections in Masaiti district have been necessitated following the resignation of the council chairperson while the vacancy in Ipongo and Kasamba occurred due to the death of areas’ councillors.

ECZ senior public relations officer Sylvia Bwalya told the Daily Nation in a statement that the polls would take place from 06:00 hours to 18:00 hours.

“Aspiring candidates in the by-elections should lodge completed and attested statutory declaration and nomination papers before a magistrate, local court magistrate, head of a Government primary or secondary school, principal of a college, commissioner of oaths, election officer or returning officer on Thursday March 16, 2017, between 09:00 hours and 15:00 hours,” she said.

Ms Bwalya said aspiring candidates for Masaiti should take along with them 15 supporters who must be registered voters in the respective constituencies.

She said the supporters must have in their possession their green national registration cards and voters cards.

Ms Bwalya said aspiring candidates would be required to pay K2, 000 while candidates in the local government by-election would be required to pay K750 non-refundable nomination fees.

She said for the city and municipal councils, candidates would pay K400 non-refundable fee. “The campaign period for these elections commences on Thursday March 16, 2017, after 15:00 hours and will end at 18:00 hours on Wednesday April 24, 2017. “Not more than two political party members per participating political party shall be allowed to witness counting of votes at the polling station,” Ms Bwalya said.

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