The Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG) says the Parallel Voter Tabulation (PVT) conducted during the January 20, presidential elections indicates that the process was credible and that Zambians should have considerable confidence in the results announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ).
According to an independent verification of the official results for the 2015 presidential elections statement released on January 24th 2015, based on the findings of the CCMG’s PVT, Zambians should have confidence that the official results as announced by the ECZ reflect the ballots cast at polling stations.
“not only are the ECZ’s official results consistence with PVT estimates, but as CCMG indicated in its preliminary statement, voting and counting proceeded with only minor issues at the overwhelming majority of polling stations and polling streams”, the statement reads.
CCMG says the results of the PVT clearly demonstrates that it was a credible process and that the ECZ official results reflects the ballots cast at polling stations and polling streams adding that ECZ can further enhance the transparency and accountability of the electoral process by positing the polling station results on their website.
However, the CCMG has bemoaned the low voter turnout which undermines the credibility of our democratic institutions and elected leaders. CCMG adds that while the low turnout was as a result of the rains, ECZ was not stopped from conducting the elections nor the CCMG from monitoring.
“More analysis is needed to understand why voters did not participate and how to ensure higher voter turnout in 2016”, CCMG says.
CCMG has since congratulated all Zambians on a successful election adding that Zambia has constitutionally managed the passing of the president and provided an opportunity for its citizens to select a new head of state which is also a demonstration to Africa that Zambia had democratic elections.
Four Faith Based Organizations, namely; Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC), the Evangelical Fellowship In Zambia (EFZ) and the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) came together and launched a consortium the Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG) to monitor the Presidential Elections of 20th January 2015 and the entire electoral process leading to it.
The Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG) earlier shared its preliminary findings on Election Day at a press briefing held in Lusaka.