More than 130 000 people scheduled to vote in the upcoming Zambian election can vote twice, as they have identical National Registration Card (NRC) numbers, according to an audit conducted by the Electoral Commission of Zambia.
The audit, which was carried out by a Kenyan consultancy firm, also found identification anomalies that include the sharing of names and dates of birth by 2 555 people registered on the voters’ roll.
The contentious voters’ roll will be used in the hotly contested presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for August 11.
The audit also found that 492 people listed on the voters roll shared identical registration details with slight variations in gender and district codes.
At least 140 000 people have been removed from the voters roll after they were found to be ineligible to vote. The electoral commission has since invited Zambian political parties to inspect the voters’ roll.
The audit was instituted after opposition parties accused President Edgar Lungu’s ruling Patriotic Front (PF) of registering foreigners to vote for it, among other alleged strategies aimed at rigging the results of the polls. But no foreigners were found to be registered on the voters’ roll.