The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) says it has re-scheduled the Chilanga and Mpulungu parliamentary by- elections and five other local government to Monday 25 October, 2010.
ECZ Public Relations Manager Cris Akufuna said in a statement to ZANIS, today, that this follows concerns raised by various stakeholders.
Mr. Akufuna announced that electoral campaigns will end at 18:00 hours on October 24, 2010.
The earlier polling date announced by the Commission followed concerns after the Seventh Day Adventist church and the ministry of education expressed concern that eligible voters will be de-franchised if voting date was not changed from Saturday 30th October 2010 because their members would go to church.
“Following concerns raised by various stakeholders on holding the date of Chilanga and Mpulunga by elections and local government by-elections in some wards and taking into consideration the examination time table of the Ministry of Education, ECZ has postponed the poll date from Saturday, October 30th to Monday, October 25th, 2010,” Mr. Akufuna said.
The Commission earlier had set Saturday October 30th as the voting date for the two seats, five others.
The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) is among the civil society organizations that expressed fears and implored the Commission to consider changing the poll-date.