Electoral Commission of Zambia distances itself from Kabimba’s revelations

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Jun 21st, 2014
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Electoral Commission of Zambia distances itself from Kabimba’s revelations

Time Posted: June 21, 2014 7:52 am

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The Electoral Commission of Zambia says it is not privy to the arrangements Patriotic Front Secretary General Wynter Kabimba is alleged to have made to facilitate the entry of some foreigners into the country to conduct the Parallel Voter Tabulation (PVT) and what role they played in the 2011 elections.

ECZ Public Relations Manager Cris Akufuna in a statement issued to QFM News today says Mr Kabimba is better placed to shed more light on the matter.

Mr Akufuna says the position of the Commission is that the 2011 tripartite elections were conducted transparently and within the full provisions of the electoral laws.

He explains that in addition to the many local election monitors the commission accredited in the 2011 elections,700 International observers were also accredited by the commission, of which 554 were from various international organizations, whilst 149 comprised observers from foreign missions , of whom five were from Kenyan High Commission.

Mr Akufuna adds that six officers from the independent Electoral Boundaries Commission of Kenya were also duly accredited by the ECZ and not smuggled into Zambia to observe elections.

Mr Akufuna says the Commission has been compelled to issue the statement following continued media reports casting doubts on the credibility of the 2011 presidential election results, with respect to the involvement of foreigners in Parallel Voter Tabulation.

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