CIVIL Society Elections Coalition 2011 says it will collect results from all the polling stations and compare them with those announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia.

At a media breakfast yesterday in Lusaka, Civil Society Elections Coalition 2011 (CSEC) member Lee Habasonda said the coalition had a meeting with Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) where the matter was discussed.

He said the coalition was grateful to ECZ for accepting the methodology that it planned to use to monitor and compare the results.

"We will collect results from the polling stations and compare them with the ECZ results after the results have been announced," he said.

Habasonda said this would be done with the help of monitors that the coalition would deploy in all the 6,456 polling stations and 9,400 polling streams in the country.

He said CSEC was a non-partisan group of civil society organisations united to ensure peaceful, transparent and free 2011 tripartite elections.

"We will also encourage pro-active citizen participation against electoral malpractices such as election-related corruption, bribery and vote buying," he said.

Habasonda said the organisation would recruit and train monitors in all the 6,456 polling stations to monitor the nominations and campaign process.

He said the monitors would also provide periodic assessments of the electoral process through election statements and final report.

Habasonda urged the media to perform with the highest level of integrity to the expectations of the public and within the confines of the relevant laws in covering elections.

And Transparency International (TIZ) Zambia executive director Goodwell Lungu who is also a member of the coalition said comparing the results with those announced by ECZ was within the confines of the law.

Lungu said media personnel and every citizen were allowed by law to get hold of the results once they are certified and announced by ECZ.

"And they are free to compare those results with the ones announced by ECZ," he said.

Lungu said the coalition would not announce results but compare with those announced by ECZ.

CSEC comprises eight organisations namely: Anti-Voter Apathy project (AVAP), Caritas Zambia, Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP), Operation Young Vote (OYV), SACCORD, Transparency International Zambia (TIZ), Young Women in Action (YWA) and Zambia National Women's Lobby (ZNWL).