ECZ Concerned Over Marked Ballot Papers Circulating On Social Media Platforms

The Electoral Commission of Zambia has noted with serious concern over pictures of marked ballot papers circulating on various social media platforms.
The Commission has also noted that pictures of marked ballot papers are being shared by voters in the ongoing Kabwata Parliamentary by-election.
The Commission would like to remind all political parties and voters in general that this act undermines the credibility and transparency of elections.
The Constitution requires that eligible persons vote in an election by secret ballot. Further, the Electoral Process Act under General Regulations made under SI No. 63 of 2016 Regulation 36 prohibits the use of electronic devices in the polling station.
The Commission would therefore like to caution voters to desist from taking and posting pictures of marked ballot papers on social media as this is in breach of the provisions of the law.
Patricia Luhanga
Corporate Affairs Manager
For/The Chief Electoral Officer
ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF ZAMBIA

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