The police instituted investigations to establish the truth after some members of the main opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) lodged a complaint that over 500,000 foreigners had been registered by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) as voters.

The country’s leading private newspaper published names of 207 people purported to have been foreigners but registered as voters, among them 178 Malawians and 29 Tanzanians.

But Kakoma Kanganja, the Inspector-General of the Zambia Police said investigations have established that assertions that foreign nationals were registered by the electoral body were not true.

“We are warning people involving themselves in such illegal practices that they risk being arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the law,” he said in a statement.

“All those that could have participated must surely know that the long arm of the law will eventually catch up with them and they shall be brought to book as their action has the potential to compromise the security of our nation,” he added.

According to the police chief, the people whose names appeared in the independent newspaper as having being foreigners were Zambians and that two people behind the scheme have since been arrested while two others were on the run.

Suspicions of rigging the August 11 polls by the ruling party have been high in the campaigns, with opposition political parties accusing the electoral body of colluding with the ruling party to rig the polls. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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