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Holding elections under current constitution is a mockery – FODEP

Time Posted: November 19, 2010 8:20 am

The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has charged that it will be a mockery for government to allow the county to hold the 2011 elections under the current constitution, considering the huge resources invested in the National Constitutional Conference (NCC).

FODEP president, Stanley Mhango said that electoral conflicts the country has witnessed in the past will never come to an end as long as the elections are held under the current constitution.

Mr. Mhango said the culture of violence and failure to accept election results the country has been witnessing will continue to haunt the good governance and democracy sector of this country as long as the current constitution remains in place.

He, however, FODEP welcomed the announcement by government to begin the process of enacting provisions in the NCC draft constitution that do require a referendum.

Mr. Mhango has also challenged government to give the nation a time frame for putting in place a new constitution.
[ QFM ]

8 Comments

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    flag Matinda says: Matinda
    November 19, 2010 at 9:16 am |

    Whatever happened to the promises made earlier that a new constitution would be ready by 2011 and to think of all the money that has already been spent on the same!

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    flag Bondix says: Bondix
    November 19, 2010 at 10:21 am |

    Whatever..this is zambia where nothing ever makes a difference……so to me its business as usual

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    flag Not a LOWyer says: Not a LOWyer
    November 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm |

    Indeed this will be the betrayal of the people’s trust! Sad day for Zambia….

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    flag Kokulilamukombwe says: Kokulilamukombwe
    November 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm |

    The new government will come and sort out these issues of constituation MMD have failed the people.

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    flag Gilbert says: Gilbert
    November 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm |

    MMD as usual. Ever making promises but never able to deliver! Why should the issue of cost come in now? Democracy is expensive. One cant choose democracy and want to keep elements of dictatorship.

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    flag devil says: devil
    November 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm |

    This is good news. Now we await to see how Pabwato wins next year.

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    flag kizito says: kizito
    November 19, 2010 at 1:45 pm |

    This simple majority win will not help opposition. It will even make things hard for the opposition. Banda won election because of western, North-western and central provinces. So we need somebody who is popular in these provinces to deny Lupiya victory. If you put somebody who will loose in these provinces then, the pact must start crying now..!!!! We all know coperbelt and Lusaka provnces will still vote for the pact ad some pocket of supporters in Northern provinces but Luapula and Eastern provinces are for MMD, No question about…!!!

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    flag dickson says: dickson
    November 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm |

    Constitution will be changed in 2011 to 50 plus 1 for President and Member of Parliament…

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