AVAP gives thumbs up to ECZ on­line vot­ers’ sys­tem

Daily Nation Newspaper - - Home News - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

THE Elec­toral Com­mis­sion of Zam­bia (ECZ) on­line voter regis­tra­tion sys­tem is crit­i­cal for voter par­tic­i­pa­tion to grow the coun­try’s demo­cratic sys­tem, Anti-Voter Ap­a­thy (AVAP) Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Rich­well Mul­wani has said.

He said this was very im­por­tant be­cause in past elec­tions Zam­bia had ex­pe­ri­enced a low voter turnout due to less peo­ple reg­is­ter­ing as vot­ers among other rea­sons.

He was speak­ing in an in­ter­view with the Daily Na­tion in Lusaka

Mr Mul­wani ex­plained that the on­line sys­tem would be youth in­clu­sive as the ma­jor­ity of vot­ers in Zam­bia were young peo­ple who were abreast with tech­nol­ogy.

He ad­vised young peo­ple to take ad­van­tage of the plat­form so that they could be part of the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process.

“The on­line voter regis­tra­tion sys­tem is a wel­comed move and as AVAP we are happy that ECZ is em­brac­ing tech­nol­ogy as Zam­bia is a youth­ful na­tion abreast with tech­nol­ogy. This will pave way for high voter turnout in next elec­tions,” he said.

Mean­while, Mr Mul­wani has called on Govern­ment to ad­e­quately fi­nance ECZ so that it could eas­ily roll out planned ac­tiv­i­ties.

He added that ECZ and the Depart­ment of Na­tional Regis­tra­tion un­der the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs should have a har­monised sys­tem so that peo­ple do not face chal­lenges.

“We have seen in the past were two peo­ple were hav­ing the same Na­tional Regis­tra­tion Card num­ber, these are the types of hic­cups we want elim­i­nated. We want to see a sys­tem where it be­comes easy for young, peo­ple to ob­tain their vot­ers cards,” he said.

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