MEDIA STATEMENT BY CSOs ON THE CURRENT STATUS OF PRESIDENTIAL BY-ELECTIONS

 
21st January, 2015

MEDIA STATEMENT BY CSOs ON THE CURRENT STATUS OF PRESIDENTIAL BY-ELECTIONS
We the undersigned Civil Society Organizations, having participated in the monitoring of the Presidential elections held on January 20th 2015 would like to commend all political parties for their participation in the election.
We would also like to commend the many Zambians that turned up to vote, although we sadly note the low voter turnout. We, however, commend the people of Zambia and the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and all stakeholders for the generally peaceful manner in which the elections were conducted.
We have noted the acrimony that has arisen over the tallying of results by the Electoral Commission of Zambia. We would therefore like to commend the ECZ for their stance taken on the following:-
• suspension of results announcement to avoid influencing the other electorates who have not yet cast their votes; 

• for calling upon the cadres from both the ruling and opposition parties not to engage themselves in premature celebrations as the ECZ is the only body mandated to announce results and to declare the winner.
While we commend the ECZ for these measures, we would, however, like to express concerns over the delays in delivery of materials that has resulted in delayed voting in a number of polling stations. We note that this challenge has been caused by factors beyond the ECZ, we feel that the process could have been better managed with proper planning and we therefore urge ECZ to use the learning from this experience to improve future electoral processes.
Take note that the undersigned CSOs will issue a comprehensive statement once the electoral process has been completed.
We would, therefore, like to call on all Zambians to remain peaceful and calm during this period as we wait for the official announcement of results by the Electoral Commission of Zambia.

ENDS
CSO signatories:
• Actionaid Zambia
• Zambian Bloggers Network
• KBA Innovations / New Zambian
• Southern African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD)
• Alliance for Community Action
For any clarifications you can contact Ms. Pamela Chisanga- ActionAid Zambia.