Kalulushi Muncipal Council Town Clerk Maxwell Kabanda says the release of K15 billion to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) by Government for the continued voter registration exercise will inspire confidence in the electorate.
Mr.Kabanda told ZANIS in Kalulushi today that more people will be captured as voters following the release of the funds.
The Town Clerk however, attributed the low turnoutof registered voters to possible general apathy. Hecalled for a vigorous sensitization campaign to enable more people register as voters, ahead of the forth-coming tripartite elections this year.
And MMD Kalulushi District has welcomed the release of the funds to the Commission.
Kalulushi MMD District Chairman Andrew Nawa called on all stakeholders in the area to support government’s programmes such as this one aimed at ensuring that more people registered as voters to enable them participate in the polls this year.
Yesterday Government released K15 billion to the Electoral Commission of Zambia for various programmes under the voter registration exercise.
The funds are in addition to the K101 billion earlier released for the exercise conducted between January to December, 2010.
Ministry of Finance and National Planning Public Relations Officer, Chileshe Kandeta said the release of K15 billion manifests Government’s commitment to the voter registration exercise aimed at ensuring that as many Zambians as possible participate in this year’s tripartite elections.
The election body started the mobile voter registration exercise on June 21 last year with the aim of capturing an additional 2.5 million voters in this year’s general elections.
The first phase of the continuous voter registration exercise ended in November last year, but was continued at district council level thereafter.