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2011 Zambia General Elections

Zambia’s 2011 General Elections are to be held on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011. These tripartite elections; Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government, are held every 5 years. Under the 1996 Zambian Constitution, a president is only allowed to serve two terms of office.

Zambia’s current serving President is H.E. Rupiah Bwezani Banda. H.E. President Banda, came into office on October 30th, 2008, when a presidential by-election was held, following the untimely death of President Levy Mwanawasa on August 19th, 2008; the first time in Zambian history that a sitting president passed away while still in office. The last time general elections were held in Zambia was in 2006.

There were a record number of 17 presidential candidates who had shown an interest in running for office in this year’s elections in Zambia. However, only 10 of the 17 presidential candidates successfully filed for their nominations.

Political parties hoping for their candidates to be successful in the 2011 Zambia General Elections include; the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD- Rupiah Banda) which is the ruling party, National Restoration Party (NAREP- Elias Chipimo Jr), United Party for National Development (UPND- Hakainde Hichilema), United National Independence Party (UNIP- Tilyenji Kaunda), National Movement for Progress (NMP- Ngandu Magande), Alliance for Democracy & Development (ADD- Charles Milupi), Heritage Party (HP- Godfrey Miyanda), Zambians for Empowerment and Development (ZED- Fredrick Mutesa), Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD- Edith Nawakwi), and Patriotic Front (PF- Michael Sata).

The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) is the autonomous electoral management body for the Republic of Zambia. It recently released two documents:

2011 Zambia Election Timetable

2011 Zambian Electoral Roll by Constituency

To get updated news about Zambia’s 2011 General Elections, please click on the Electoral Commission of Zambia’s website http://www.elections.org.zm/index.php

By Zangi

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