By Nambela Mwandia Kyombela
Chililabombwe Town Clerk Mrs Shilla Songolo has called on residents to take Ward Development Committee elections seriously.
Speaking during the Special District Development Coordinating Committee (DDCC) meeting held today on 7th February 2024 in the Council Chamber the Town Clerk said WDC elections are a bedrock of development in the district and they should not be undermined.
“As a Council we have learnt not to undermine WDC elections as they can be tidious if not handled well.I am pleased Chililabombwe is a peaceful community and with everyone’s support the oncoming elections will be held in an orderly manner,” she stated.
And Chililabombwe District Commissioner who is also the DDCC Chaiperson Ms. Precious Njekwa challenged youths to have best behavioural standards for community members to consider electing them into notable positions within the district.
The DDCC Chairperson called on concerted efforts from stakeholders in the district to support WDC elections.
Ms Njekwa added that all Civil servants are to uphold the best practices within their areas of operation and avoid cadrerism by focusing on the developmental agenda for the district.
And CMC Director Development planning Mr Marlon Sakala added that the Local Authority wants more youths and women to participate in the forthcoming WDC elections.
” Everyone will and must participate on an equal platform ,” he said.
The DP shared that the elligibility to contest for WDC elections is as follows;
1. Must be a Zambian Citizen who has at least attained the age of 18 years
2. Must Possess a Green National Registration Card or a Resident permit in case if a foreign National
3.Must be a resident of a particular Zone for a period not less than 2 years regardless of their social status
4.Must not be legally disqualified
5.Must not be a Councillor
6.Must not be involved in active politics
7.Must be able to read and write
The tenure of office for the current WDCs is coming to an end on the 15th of February 2024 and elections will be held on 7th March 2024.