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Chiefs pressure Lungu for voter registration extension

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President Edger Lungu says government will engage the Electoral Commission of Zambia -ECZ- to look at possibilities of extending the voter registration exercise.

President Lungu said this after five chiefs from Luapula Province complained that most of their people have not registered as voters and want the commission to consider extending the Voter registration exercise.

The traditional leaders complained that the process is slow and some of their subjects have had to spend nights on the queue. In response, the President said the concerns raised by the chiefs and other stakeholders will be forwarded to the ECZ.

Meanwhile, President Lungu said government will work with chiefs to ensure people benefit from the country’s natural resources. The President is happy that chiefs in Luapula have been supportive of government’s development programs.

He said this when he held a meeting with chiefs in Samfya District.

The President is in Samfya for the ground-breaking ceremony of the construction of the Samfya International Conference Centre.

Meanwhile, one such traditional leader who registered concern about the registration process is Chief Mibenge who complained that the voter registration exercise is slow, adding that a number of his people are yet to register as voters.

Apparently, the ECZ had made a statement that it is not going to extend the exercise, but Lungu said will engage the electoral management body to extend days for the process.

ECZ said it will not extend the current ongoing Voter registration where so far only about 2 million of the 9 million targeted have been registered.

ECZ said it will instead beef-up staff and vote materials for the exercise. ECZ CEO said this during a press briefing in Lusaka.

-Znbc

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