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PeP THREATENS TO TAKE ECZ TO COURT – By Tito Kalama

Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP) has vowed to seek legal redress over the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) stance of not subjecting the new voters to register for an audit and verification.  

PeP president Sean Tembo has given ECZ 14 days in which to comply.
ECZ has indicated that the new voters’ register will not be subjected to an audit and verification because it is new.

Mr. Tembo pointed out that the purpose of an audit and verification of a voters’ register is to confirm that everyone who registered was captured and eligible.

“Therefore, an audit and verification of the voters register is a key part of the electoral process which cannot be skipped regardless of whether the voters register is new or old,” said Mr. Tembo. 

Mr. Tembo added: “Refusing to conduct an audit and verification of the register actually undermines the credibility of the entire electoral process in the eyes of well-meaning Zambians. 

“It is our considered view that this position by ECZ of refusing to allow an audit and verification of the voters’ register is a recipe for electoral disputes after the elections. As Patriots for Economic Progress, we have since officially written to the Electoral Commission of Zambia demanding that it allows the audit and verification of the voters register to take place. If the Commission fails to comply with our demands within a period of 14 calendar days, we shall proceed to seek legal redress from the High Court of Zambia.”

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