The 2015/2016 Voter Registration Exercise commenced throughout the country on 14th September, 2015.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER?
In order to register as a voter, you must be:
- A Zambian citizen in possession of a green National Registration Card; and
- At least 18 years old.
NOTE: Applications are also being accepted from persons that will turn 18 years on 31st July, 2016.
WHAT OTHER SERVICE IS AVAILABLE AT A REGISTRATION CENTRE?
The voter registration exercise also provides for the following:
- Replacement of a voter’s card, that is, if lost defaced or destroyed. A police report is required to replace a voter’s card. There is no fee for the police report;
- Correction of personal details on the voter’s card;
- Transfer of a voter who has changed locality to a new registration centre; and
- Removal of deceased persons from the voters’ register on the confirmed advice of a friend or relative with the necessary documentation proving the death.
REPORTS ON THE VOTER REGISTRATION EXERCISE
The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) conducted a mobile voter registration exercise between 14th September 2015 and 11th November 2015, which comprises the initial portion of the voter registration exercise. During this period, ECZ planned to cover 7,809 registration centres. Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG) deployed 106 District monitors to cover a representative random sample of a total of 536 of these Registration Centres covering all 103 Districts.
The report’s conclusions included:
“The mobile voter registration monitoring effort was designed to assess whether the registration exercise meets International and regional standards on voter registration exercise. These standards are transparency of the process, inclusiveness and non-discrimination.
CCMG notes from the reports of its monitors that the registration process met the above standards…”
Download the full report here or visit the CCMG website for more information
We should encourage each other to register to vote in elections:
- You should register to vote
- Registering to vote is easy
- Voting gives you a say on things that are important to you
- In a democracy, every vote is important
Am I eligible to register to vote?
You are eligible to vote if you are:
- A Zambian citizen in possession of a green National registration Card;
- Ordinarily a resident in the polling district in which the applicant applies to be registered; and
- 18 years of age.
What do I need to carry with me as I go to register as a voter for the first time?
You need to carry your Green National Registration Card
What are the three simple steps to registering to vote?
- Find out where to register
- Get your card
I just moved to another town, are my voters card still valid?
Yes, the card is still valid, all you need to do is visit the registration centre in your new town and the Registration Officer will help you with changing the details on your card
If I am working away from my home town during the registration period, do I have to get back home in order for me to register?
With the new mobile registration kits, you can register from any registration centre in Zambia and indicate where you will vote from. You don’t have to go back to your home town to register
I registered to vote before the 2011 elections, do I need to register as well?
If you registered before the 2011 elections and you have not changed your name, or address, you do not need to register again. Your voter’s card is still valid.
I am pursuing my education outside Zambia, can i register from where I am?
All Zambian citizens based outside the country cannot register where they are. If you want to register, you will have to come back to Zambia to register as a voter.