Saturday, 28 May 2016


Luanshya District Electoral Officer Moses Mwelwa has called on all political parties to ensure that their candidates aspiring to contest the for
thcoming elections acquire Council Tax Clearance Certificates or risk being vetoed.
Mr. Mwelwa who is also Luanshya Town Clerk reminded all political party sponsored and independent aspiring candidates for mayoral, parliamentary and local government seats to also seek clearance from the Zambia Revenue Authority respectively.
He said the two provisions were prerequisite for the filling in of nomination papers for each candidate which falls on Tuesday 2nd July 2016.
“If the candidate meets the entire requirements for filling in his or her nomination papers but has no Council Tax Clearance Certificate, he or she will not be allowed to file in before being cleared by the local council’s finance department” Mr. Mwelwa said.
Mr Mwelwa was speaking in Luanshya today during the nomination briefing attended by various political parties and the police among other electoral stakeholders.
He however expressed concern that only 30 candidates had so far obtained tax clearance certificates, and that Luanshya has a total of 28 wards and two parliamentary constituencies.
Mr. Mwelwa further disclosed that the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) will next week reveal contents of the bill of rights to enable the masses make an informed decision as they vote in the referendum.
He added that the ECZ has already started sensitising the general public on the referendum through voter education facilitators, newspapers and radios among others.
Meanwhile, the ECZ has commenced accreditations for the 2016 general elections and referendum in all districts.
Accreditation for local monitors and international observers commenced on 23rd May 2016 and will end on August 2nd2016.

All registered non- governmental organisations and media personnel including freelance journalists wishing to monitor or observe the 2016 general elections are reminded to apply for accreditation from the district electoral officers at civic centres.

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