Elections for choosing chiefs who will sit in council meetings with councillors have started in Eastern Province.
Provincial Local Government Officer, Alex Bwalya confirmed to Breeze News.
Mr. Bwalya says that so far Mambwe, Petauke and Nyimba districts have conducted elections where three chiefs were elected in each of the district by the traditional leaders.
He says that according to the amended constitution, chiefs will no longer be represented by people, who are not chiefs during council meetings.
Mr. Bwalya says the process involves chiefs voting for their fellow chiefs to represent them while chiefs in districts with less than three traditional leaders have a clear qualification to sit in the meetings.
He says that the remaining districts will hold their elections soon.
Mr. Bwalya says that once all the districts have voted for their representatives, the Ministry of Local Government and Housing will hold orientation meetings.