'No time to update voters roll'

LUSAKA - A Zambian court has ruled that electoral authorities can use a two-year-old voters' roll in this month's presidential election, saying it was impossible to update it before the polls.

LUSAKA - A Zambian court has ruled that electoral authorities can use a two-year-old voters' roll in this month's presidential election, saying it was impossible to update it before the polls.

Judge Philip Musonda said yesterday that the October 30 election was unforeseen because no one could have predicted the death of president Levy Mwanawasa, whose term was only due to end in 2011.

"It is impractical to register or prepare a fresh voters' roll for the October 30 election," he said. "The decision is based on its peculiar fact that is the unanticipated, unbudgeted-for election caused by the death of President Mwanawasa."

The main contenders are Rupiah Banda and Michael Sata. - Sapa-AFP

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