Zambia Church Leaders Call for Erection of Ramps in Voter Registration Centres

Logo Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG). Credit: CCMG

There is need for the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to erect ramps at voter registration centers to enable people living with disability access them, Church leaders in Zambia under the Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG) have said.

In a statement shared with ACI Africa on Monday, November 20, CCGM officials who include representatives of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) and the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) say 53% of the voter registration centers in the Southern African nation have stairs or a step making it difficult for people using wheelchairs to access them.

“CCMG calls on the ECZ to immediately take all necessary measures to ensure that temporal ramps are erected at all centers to enable accessibility for people with disabilities,” CCMG officials say. 

They also urge the electoral commission to provide registration data on persons living with disability, including their age, gender, age, and disability-type classifications.

Such information, CCMG officials add, will help ECZ “to effectively plan and implement measures on disability inclusion in the electoral process and also help civil society raise awareness on civic participation targeted at persons with disabilities.”


In the statement dated November 17, CCMG officials who also include representatives of the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), and the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) say the number of newly registered female voters is lower than that of men across all age groups.

They call on women, youth, and people living with disabilities to take advantage of the continuous voter registration exercise to register as voters.

CCMG officials also urge ECZ and Zambia’s election stakeholders including political parties to raise awareness about the ongoing voter registration exercise across the Southern African nation.

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.