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WHOWE ARE


The Zambia Elections Information Centre (ZEIC) project is a multi-stakeholder platform that brings together key elections stakeholders drawn from civil society, independent management bodies, church mother bodies, development partners and political parties to work together on elections observation, monitoring, rapid response and proactive advocacy ahead of the general elections in Zambia. The platform is funded by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and Hivos Foundation.

ZEICMANDATE


The Project was established to provide timely and relevant information on the election situation across the country through an ICT based communication platform. The ZEIC secretariat is hosted by Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAF).


PROJECT SUMMARY

Elections are key to the strengthening and growth of democracy because they provide a platform for popular involvement which gives democracy its legitimacy and credibility. To ensure peace and political stability, elections must be credible because lack of credibility causes civil unrest and instability.

Elections in Zambia have often been characterized by speculations of logistical issues that would affect voting, vote counting and general vote safety. The delays in receiving information, validating it and transmitting it to the relevant duty bearers leads to a delay in addressing the situations that arise during the electoral process thereby, raising questions on the credibility and fairness of the elections.

The Zambia Election Information Centre (ZEIC) seeks to respond to this problem by setting up an innovative way of generating timely information, verifying and analysis as well as timely dissemination to relevant stakeholders to stimulate response reaction.


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OUR GOAL
To facilitate effective information management for a credible, peaceful, free and fair 2016 general elections in Zambia


OURTEAM

COUNCIL OF ELDERS

The Council of Elders are eminent persons of good standing , with high integrity and an excellent understanding on the Zambian socio-economic context. They provide strategic guidance to the secretariat, but are not involved in day to day operational decision-making.

Mama Kankasa

Mama Chibesakunda Kankasa is a veteran politician and celebrated former freedom fighter who took part in the struggle for the independence of Zambia. Over the years, Mama Kankasa has played a prominent role in the social and economic development of Zambia, especially for women and children. She served the country in several capacities including as Minister of Women’s Affairs, member of the United National Independence Party (UNIP) Central Committee, which used to be the highest policy-making body in Zambia, and as Zambia’s High Commissioner to countries such as Kenya, Uganda and Somalia. Mama Kankasa also served as a member of the National Constitution Conference, the Human Rights Commission, Care Ministries for the mentally ill and in 2015, launched the Mama Kankasa Gift of Health Voucher with Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia. She is also a former Councilor for Ndola City Council and Lusaka City Council.

Mr. Simon Ber Zukas

Mr. Zukas played a key role in Zambia's struggle for independence from Britain in the 1950s, and went on to be a government minister after independence.

Dr. Anna Chifungula

Dr. Chifungula is a Chartered Accountant who served as Zambia’s Auditor General from 2003 to 2016. During her tenure as Auditor General, Dr Chifungula also served as an Auditor for regional and international bodies such as the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), African Union (AU), Southern Africa Development Community Organisation of Public Accounts Committees (SADCOPAC), and the African Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI), among others. Since 1975, she has held various public service positions mostly in accounting and financial management, such as Secretary to the Treasury and Permanent Secretary for Financial Management and Administration. Dr. Chifungula brings 40 years of financial management experience to ZEIC. Her political neutrality is expected to aid ZEIC’s efforts to enhance the credibility of the 2016 elections.

Fr. Leonard Chiti, SJ

Fr. Chiti is a Jesuit Priest in the Roman Catholic Church and Executive Director of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR). From 2013 to 2016, he was the Chairperson of the Grand Coalition on the Campaign for a People Driven Constitution. Fr. Chiti holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Humanities from the Gregorian University in Rome. He has previously served as the Research Director for Silveira House Development Centre and as a Coordinator of the Monze Diocese Development Relief Programme. Fr Chiti brings rich experience in leading multi-stakeholder initiatives to ZEIC, having previously held the position of chairperson for the following: Civil Society Constitution Coalition, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, among others.

SECRETARIAT

The secretariat manages the day-to-day operations of ZEIC.

STEERING COMMITTEE

The steering committee is the supreme decision-making body of ZEIC, and it gives policy direction to all committees and subcommittees. The committee is made up of the executive directors of the following partner organizations:

  • Foundation for Democratic Processes (FODEP)

  • Southern Africa Centre for Conflict Resolution and Dialogue (SACCORD)

  • Transparency International Zambia (TIZ)

  • Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)

  • Non-Governmental Organizations Coordinating Council (NGOCC)

  • Zambia National Women’s Lobby

  • Law Association of Zambia

WHATWE DO

OUR OBJECTIVES

  • To support and enhance the efforts of the Electoral Mother Body mandated to administer elections in Zambia to conduct credible elections that will be acceptable to all Zambians.
  • To establish an ICT-based communication platform for receiving and disseminating evidence based information on the election situation across the country.
  • To generate and make available to citizens, real-time accurate information on the electoral process and reduce the risk of misinformation and tensions.
  • To enhance and strengthen stakeholder collaboration around the electoral processes.
  • To facilitate timely response action by engaging various stakeholders and relevant authorities to address the problems and situations encountered during the electoral process that require immediate action.
  • To enhance the process of information and knowledge sharing as a vehicle to promote free and fair elections.

PROJECT BUILDING BLOCKS

  • Effective content management system
  • ICT and SMS application in election observation and monitoring
  • Stakeholder identification and characterization
  • Training of the media, stakeholders, community members and citizen journalists
  • Training and deployment of observers
  • An Election Situation Room for information and knowledge management, media monitoring and early warning system
  • Expert analysis, validation and dissemination of real-time information
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