Over 70 per cent of eligible people have registered in Monze District since the exercise began in November this year.
Giving an update of the voter registration process to the District Voter Education Committee (DVEC) Friday, Monze District Electoral Officer Mr Pythias Samako’nga says the District was making steady progress to achieve the target of registering more than 136,000 eligible voters.
He said the District managed to register after more than 77,000 people since the exercise started adding that this was made possible due to strategic planning where kits were first assigned to densely populated areas and new registration centres.
The DRO remains optimistic that more people would be captured to meet the target before the end of the official deadline of voter registration on 12th December 2020.
“As a District we are making steady progress in the voter registration exercise and so far I can safely say that we are at 70 per cent after registering more than 77,000 people since the exercise began last month,” said Mr. Samako’nga.
He added, “ we have managed to capture this number because we first assigned our registration kits to densely populated areas and newly created registration centres and now we are planning to go back to densely populated areas in case there are still people who were left out.”
Meanwhile, the DRO who is also District Council Secretary says the exercise posed challenges such as the constant breakdown of both kits and vehicles due to the poor state of some rural roads which has delayed the process in some cases.
He proposed for the decentralisation of the voter registration equipment at provincial level to make it easier and quicker to repair broken kits as opposed to taking them to Lusaka as the case was now.
The DRO further noted that the farming season has also affected the turnout of some eligible people to registration centres as they were busy with farming activities.
“one other notable challenge worth mentioning is that during this time of the year most people are busy with their farming activities and as a result we are experiencing poor turnout of about four to five people in certain places” said Mr. Samako’nga but we have since intensified publicity and we are also considering taking some of these kits t to densely populated areas for us to meet the target.
The voter registration exercise started on 9th November and is expected to end on 12th December, 2020 during which 9 million voters are earmarked to register across the country.