Constitution Bill fails, 1996 constitution to remain in place
The Constitution of Zambia Bill failed to pass through the second reading stage in Parliament today after failing to garner the minimum two thirds majority to pass.
This was after only ninety three Member of Parliament voted in favour of the Bill of the required 106.
Twenty Members of Parliament abstained from the voting which was conducted through a physical division after the electronic voting system developed a technical fault shortly before voting could take place.
Speaker of the National Assembly Amusa Mwanamwamba told the Members of Parliament that the failure of the Constitution Bill to GO through the second reading stage means that the 1991 constitution as amended substantially in 1996 will remain in place in its current form.
Earlier Vice president George Kunda told the house that the Constitution of Zambia bill sought to preserve laws in existence before the coming into effect of the constitution as amended.