THE Electoral Commission of Zambia says it will this time mark the left hand thumbs of every voter in the forthcoming Kasenengwa parliamentary by-election who took part in the recently held council chairperson election in which their right hand thumbs were inked.
Electoral Commission of Zambia public relations manager Margaret Chimanse stated in a statement today that those who did not vote in the previous election would be marked on the right thumb nail.
“The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has determined the dates for nominations and polls for the Kasenengwa parliamentary and five councillor by-elections as August 9 and September 6, 2018 respectively. The Commission would like to inform all political parties and stakeholders that following the recently held Kasenengwa Council chairperson election on July 26, 2018 and the forthcoming Parliamentary election in the same district, voters will still have indelible ink on their right thumbs,” Chimanse stated.
“This is due to the short period of time within which the two elections are being held. Therefore, the Commission has resolved the following: 1. The marking of the voter’s thumb will be changed from the right thumb nail to the left thumb nail, or any other finger or body part found appropriate by the polling assistant so that those who voted in the previous elections are not perceived to have already cast their vote. 2. The left thumb will be marked in the same way as per procedure.”
Chimanse stated that the Commission would conduct training of presiding officers/assistant presiding officers and polling assistants in Kasenengwa with emphasis on the subject matter.
“For any clarification, please contact the Public Relations Department on 0211 252208 or the District Electoral Officers in the respective districts,” stated Chimanse.