THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has urged stakeholders to desist from interfering in their internal process of dealing with erring staff.
And the Commission says the deployment of registration kits around the country was done on the basis of population density and relevant geographical considerations.
In a statement, chief electoral officer Patrick Nshindano cautioned that the Commission will not condone the public profiling of its staff, which was aimed at discrediting their credibility.
“The Commission notes with concern the allegations levelled against it and specifically its staff with regards to the alleged manipulation of the Voter Registrant Exercise. The Commission is an autonomous Electoral Management Body (EMB) established under Article 229 (1) of the Constitution and the Electoral Commission of Zambia Act. In this regard, the Commission would like to advise all stakeholders to desist from interfering in the internal operations of the Commission. The Commission will not condone public profiling of its staff aimed at discrediting their credibility and that of the Commission. The Commission has its own internal process of dealing with erring staff and will do so when one is found wanting,” Nshindano stated.
He stressed that the Commission’s decisions were not made by individuals.
“The Commission would further like to mention that Commission decisions are not made by individuals. The Commission categorically wishes to dismiss the allegations relating to the deployment of registration kits as totally inaccurate and misleading. The deployment of kits was done by the Commission on the basis of population density and other relevant geographical considerations equitably,” stated Nshindano.