As Zambia goes to the polls next year, the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) through Caritas-Zambia has joined other faith based organization to monitor the elections.
The monitoring group consisting of Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC), Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) and the Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection (JCTR), has been named Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG).
And speaking at the launch of CCMG (Friday,11th September,2015), Mongu Diocese Bishop Evans Chinyemba, OMI, said that CCMG was mindful of the fact that the outcome of an election is not necessarily determined by the events of the voting day but even more so by the fairness and integrity of the entire electoral process that leads to the voting day.
With such observation, he announced that CCMG thus during the period leading to the 2016 tripartite elections, will monitor, document and publicise political activities in the electoral process which will include Voter Registration, the legal framework, and the general campaign environment.
CCMG will place 110 highly trained district monitors across the country with a few towns that are highly populated having more than one monitor per district at polling stations to observe the voting process include conducting parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) on the Presidential Poll.
Bishop Chinyemba, OMI, who is also ZEC Bishop Director for Caritas Zambia, further expressed concern by the sustained intolerance among politicians across political parties saying Zambia is a multiparty democracy with opportunities for all for freedom of association and speech.
The Lord Bishop also appealed to the media to exert its professional ethics and avail the public with quality and objective information that will help the voters make informed choices during elections adding that the media must not hire itself to be a fora for politicians to insult each other and slender as this will not benefit voters in any way in knowing what the candidates stand for.
Christian Church Monitoring Group (CCMG) has received financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for monitoring work as well as technical assistance from the National Democratic Institute (NDI). However, CCMG is responsible for all aspects of the project.