Thursday, October 20, 2011

Press Statement - 1st October 2011

Prioritize Constitutional and Electoral Reforms, FODEP urges new Govt.

The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has observed that the current legal framework does not give the Electoral Commission of Zambia the necessary powers to punish stakeholders that breach the electoral regulations hence the need to review the current electoral legal framework.

However, under the prevailing legal and political environment, the Commission exhibited a lot of professionalism and capacity in the just ended tripartite elections and delivered to the expectations of the electorates and the general public.

Given the necessary legal, financial and political support, the Commission is capable of reclaiming public confidence in its work.

In this regards, it will be unnecessary for anyone to call for a total overhaul of the Commission of Zambia.

Instead, FODEP’s appeal to all stakeholders in the electoral process is press for an enabling legal and political environment for the Commission to perform its work professionally. 

It is therefore, FODEP’s hope that the new Government will prioritize funding to the Commission to enable it decentralize its work to the district level and embark on a robust electoral and Constitutional reform programme ahead of the 2016 tripartite elections.

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