By Francis Maingaila
LUSAKA, Zambia (AA) – Opposition parties in Zambia have urged the police to investigate allegations against the Electoral Commission of Zambia for registering foreign nationals as voters ahead of August elections.
A local Zambian daily called The Post made the allegations against the commission in its Monday edition.
Edith Nawakwi, president of the opposition Forum for Democracy Development party, told journalists in the Zambian capital Lusaka Wednesday that political stakeholders held an emergency closed door meeting to discuss newspaper’s allegations.
Nawakwi said the commission had been told to delete all such controversial registered names from the voters list.
Another opposition United Party for National Development President Hakainde Hichilema told journalists that registering foreign nationals as voters in a foreign country was not only a fraudulent activity, but a criminal act which must be investigated.
“UPND as a party has officially lodged a complaint against the ECZ and the Department of Immigration with the police because these two colluded to cause the registration of foreign nationals, mainly from Malawi, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania as voters, and are likely to vote in the coming election,” Hichilema said.
“I have no doubt, the inclusion of foreign nationals in the voter register was meant to aid the ruling Patriotic Front [PF] win the coming election,” he added.
Election Commission Director Priscilla Isaacs denied the charges.
“At no time did the commission collude with any organization, including the Department of Immigration named in the scandal to register foreign nationals to vote for and on behalf of the PF,” Isaacs told Anadolu Agency in a telephone interview.