Lusaka, 30 March, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Representatives of Church leaders in Zambia under the auspices of the Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG) have decried the government’s failure to make public the 2019 Boundary Delimitation Report.
Aimed at enhancing efficiency and effectiveness in the conduct of general elections, delimitation refers to the process of mapping and re-aligning of electoral boundaries, including details about polling stations, wards, and constituencies.
In a statement shared with ACI Africa Thursday, March 30, CCMG officials say there seems to be some “secrecy” surrounding the 2019 report as it is yet to be released to the public since the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) handed it over to the executive in 2020.
“It is disheartening that huge sums of taxpayers' money were spent on this exercise and four years later the 2019 Boundary Delimitation Report is still being held by the executive,” say CCMG officials who include representatives of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) and the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR).
“We, therefore, call on the President to immediately release the 2019 Boundary Delimitation Report, which contains details of the number of Polling Stations, Polling Districts and Wards created prior to the 2021 general elections and the proposed increase to the current number of constituencies,” the church leaders say.