ZANIS…..Voter apathy is likely to characterize the forth- coming Liumba local government by-election in Kalabo district as most eligible voters do not have voter’s cards.
A survey conducted by ZANIS in the area revealed that most voters in the ward had either relocated or lost their voter’s cards.
Efforts by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to extensively carry out voter education programmes in the area might not yield the much needed results because of the prevailing situation.
Some electorates talked to felt that the ECZ should make the voter registration exercise an ongoing exercise to mitigate voter apathy in future elections.
Liumba ward has 1,944 registered voters who are scheduled to elect a new Councillor in the by-elections set for April 14, 2015.
Meanwhile, campaigns in Liumba Ward are peaceful so far as all the five participating political parties were carrying out their activities freely.
And all the five participating political parties were confident of carrying the day.
The five are the ruling Patriotic Front (PF), the Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MDD) and the Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD).
Others are the United National Independence Party (UNIP) and the United Party for National Development (UPND).
The Liumba by-election fell vacant after the death of the area Councilor Changano Mbagu in November last year.