The recently concluded 2021 general elections were deemed credible by the Anti-Voter Apathy Project (AVAP).
According to AVAP Executive Director Richwell Mulwani, the elections were conducted in accordance with worldwide best practises.
According to Mr. Mulwani, the elections were handled in a fairly transparent manner, lending confidence to the process.
And, according to Mr. Mulwani, the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) managed the polls efficiently under tough conditions.
He however said ECZ should in future elections revisit the decision to divide one polling centre into several polling stations.
“We need to learn lessons, we need to separate some of the places, you cannot have a place that is highly congested. As a result it was difficult to follow COVID-19 protocols,” he said.
He further said more needs to be done to educate polling officials.
“We noticed that some of the electoral officials need adequate training. They need to understand what they need to do in the polling station. Others in terms of undertaking that inking when voting, they did not know what to do,” he said.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS, Mr. Mulwani said the polls were generally peaceful except for a few reported incidences of violence in some parts of the country on the polling day.
Mr. Mulwani also commended Zambians for the massive turnout to exercise their right to vote.
Zambia recently held its August 2021 general elections, which has seen the election of the United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema ushered into office as the 7th Republican President.