ECZ owes suppliers K50m – AG

The Auditor General has revealed that the Electoral Commission of Zambia still owes suppliers of various election materials K50,950,940.

And the Auditor General has revealed that ECZ failed to account for K5,996,935.

According to the latest Auditor General’s report on parastatals, ECZ headquarters owed suppliers K50,950,940, ECZ Kasama office owed K220,050 while Mbala District owed K79,000.

“A review of records revealed that as at 31st August, 2017, the ECZ owed a total amount of K51,249,990 to various suppliers of goods and services in respect of election materials (K50,950,940) and allowances (K299,050) to officers who were involved in the 2016 election process,” read the report.

And the Auditor General has revealed that ECZ failed to account for K5,996,935.

“Contrary to to Public Stores Regulation No. 16 assorted stores items costing K5,996,935 procured during the period under review were unaccounted for in that there were no disposal details,” read the report.

Meanwhile, the Auditor General observed that ECZ paid K13,215,260 to a company called Bauer Logistics to supply ballot boxes and ballot box seals for the 2016 general elections but did not avail his office with records of receipt and distribution to verify whether the items paid for were received.

He further revealed that various officers at ECZ Head Office were paid amounts totalling K1,425,273 as over time without supporting attendance registers and overtime log sheets.

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