ECZ Set Dates For By-Elections
The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has set 24th APRIL, 2018 as the Poll date for Local Government By-Elections where vacancies have arisen in various districts of the country.
The Commission has further fixed 27th MARCH, 2018 as the date of Nominations for councillors in all fifteen wards in the various districts where there are vacancies.
In view of this, the Commission wishes to notify members of the public that may wish to contest in the current vacant Council By-Elections to take note of what the law demands for by-elections when a vacancy for the office of councillor occurs.
Article 157 (2) (b) of the Constitution of Zambia Amendment Act No. 2 of 2016 provides that “the office of councillor becomes vacant if the councillor resigns by one month’s notice, in writing to the Mayor or Council Chairperson.”
At the same time, clause 3 provides as follows; “Where a councillor resigns in accordance to clause 2 (b) the councillor shall not be eligible to re-election as a councillor for the duration of the term of that council.”
The wards and districts where the Commission will conduct elections are as follows: MUDYANAMA, Mwinilunga; MUCHIMA, Mufumbwe; KANONGO, Kasempa; KAKOMA, Mafinga; KALEBE, Shiwang’gundu; MIKUNKU, Chinsali; LUAPULA, Kalulushi; and KANSUSWA, Mufulira.
Others are NTUMBACHUSHI, Kawamabwa; MUNWA, Mwense; CHIWEZA, Nyimba; CHIWUYU, Sinda; MWANZA EAST, Monze; LEALUI, Mongu; and NAMPUNDWE, Shibuyunji.