APA-Lusaka (Zambia) The chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), Justice Florence Mumba, said on Thursday that it had sourced the two thirds required of a budget needed to finance the presidential election set for 30 October to choose the late President Levy Mwanawasa’s successor.
Mumba said the total budget for the election stood at 200 billion Zambian Kwacha, or US$55.5 million, adding that the shortfall of about a third of the budget has been met by various donor countries that made their contributions through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The funds from the donor community have since been released to the government through the ministry of finance.
With this development, all is set for the election in which four candidates are contesting to succeed Mwanawasa, who died 19 August in a Paris, France hospital following a stroke earlier in Egypt where he had gone to attend the African Union summit.
In addition to the presidential election, the ECZ is also conducting parliamentary elections in three constituencies following the nullifying of the 2006 election results in those areas by the Supreme Court as a result of electoral malpractices.
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