The Forum for Democratic Process (FODEP) has advised government to next year allocate sufficient funds to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to enable the commission carry out continued voter registration process.
FODEP president Stanley Mhango said lack of a continuous registration of voters has increased voter apathy during elections in the country.
Mr. Mhango said if the current voter apathy in the country remains unchecked, there might be political instability.
He noted that continuous voters’ registration would enhance political leaders’ eligibility to government because they would be elected on merit.
He said there was need to encourage the majority of Zambians to take part in choosing their leaders through registering people as soon as they reach the voting age.
Mr. Mhango told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that many eligible voters were disfranchised due to the fact that they did not have voters’ registration cards.
He noted that there is need for the Ministry of Finance to increase the budget allocation to the ECZ for the exercise, adding that doing so would bring about development, good governance and democracy in the country.
Meanwhile, the FODEP president has called on the National Constitutional Conference (NCC) to quickly conclude the constitution making process and deliver what it has for the public.
Mr. Mhango point out that people have being expecting a lot from the NCC especially on issues of improving their welfare in the country and those aimed at enhancing development through democracy.
He however, expressed optimism that through the various committees that have been sitting, the country will manage to come up with a constitution that will stand the test of time.
He has also commanded opposition political parties and government for having a smooth transition of government during the October 30, 2008 presidential elections.
He said a smooth transition of government was a foundation of achieving democracy and political stability in the country.
Mr. Mhango further challenged political parties in the country to hold internal party elections to choose leaders and over come all their intra party differences for the betterment of the country.