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Zambia’s electoral body said on Monday that 10 people have so far been convicted after they were found guilty of presenting forged education qualifications in the 2016 general elections.

Margaret Chimanse, Public Relations Manager for the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), said out of 1,580 copies of senior secondary school certificates received from prospective candidates which were submitted to education authorities for validation, 28 candidates’ qualifications were found to be fake.

She said the matter was reported to the police, resulting in 10 convictions, while 13 were under investigations and five cases were still in court.

“The convictions relate to forgery and uttering false documents. The convicted candidates were sentenced between one year/ six months to two years imprisonment,” she said in a statement.

The electoral body, she said, will continue to ensure that the electoral laws were adhered to and will continue to demand for authentic qualifications during nominations.

Zambia changed qualifications of candidates for elections ahead of the 2016 general elections, with all candidates required to have a minimum of a senior secondary school certificate. Presidential candidates are also expected to have both their parents be Zambians by descent. Enditem

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