ECZ starts investigating Zambians’ voter apathy

The Electoral Commission of Zambia has set aside an undisclosed amount of money to probe Zambians’ lack of interest to vote as noted during recent by elections.

Ministry of Home Affairs sources told Newsday Zambia that apparently the Justice Essau Chulu-led ECZ were worried about the issue of voter apathy as noted in the recently held Chilanga parliamentary by election, Lusaka mayoral by election and some local government by elections countrywide.
“The CSO (Central Statistical Office) has, for example, been brought on board to help the ECZ carry out this voter apathy survey,” the sources said. “Part of the questionnaire is such that people are being asked if they are registered voters and if they voted in the 2016 general elections, and what their voting experience was post-2026.”
The sources said so far the voter apathy survey has been carried out Lusaka Province in Chirundu on sample basis.
“The enumerators will soon move into Lusaka City, Chongwe, Rufunsa and Luangwa,” they said. “There are also other teams doing similar sample surveys in the other provinces.”
Voter turnout in the recently-held Lusaka mayoral by election that was won by the ruling PF party was below 20 per cent.