Zambia has launched a high-powered campaign to encourage its five million people to register as voters for forthcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
GV & CU: Lusaka boys school and sign 'voters registration office'. (3 SHOTS)
SV: Official speaking from publicity van.
SV: Men standing listening.
CU INTERIOR: Man signs and receive registration form.
CU: Official looking at documents as woman with baby sits at table. (2 SHOTS)
LV & SV: Crowds outside Lusaka main administrative centre.
CU: Man wearing medals.
LV: Man queuing.
SV: Women seated with children.
LV: Police officers read names of those issued with registration cards. (2 SHOTS)
CU: Woman seated with children holding registration card.
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Background: Zambia has launched a high-powered campaign to encourage its five million people to register as voters for forthcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
SYNOPSIS: The campaign began officially at the Lusaka Boys' School this month when President Kaunda and his wife registered at the temporary office set up there. The authorities have been using all forms of publicity to promote registration and have warned that it is essential for the population to go to the polls to "defend democracy". Before registering, people must first collect national registration cards, and in some areas supplies of cards were reported to be late arriving. Local governors responded to this by warning that the lack of cards should not be used as an excuse by people for not registering. One governor even declared that those who failed to register would be "flushed out of the area" since they would be regarded as enemies of the country. He also warned that people without voters cards would not be permitted to use buses, or to enter markets or their working places.
There have been queues at many centres as people arrive to comply. The elections are due to take place later this year and President Kaunda has said the bad state of the economy, the border war with Rhodesia and recent flooding mean the voting will be held under "abnormal conditions".