CHIEF Macha of the Tonga people in Choma has suggested that the 50 percent plus one recommendation should be enshrined in the new constitution so as to help entrench Zambian’s young democracy.
He told ZANIS in an interview in Choma today that the 50 percent plus one provision would give legitimacy to an elected government.
Chief Macha said the constitutional provision would also remove suspicions of possible rigging.
He said although the 50 percent plus one would have serious financial implications in terms of holding re-runs for the presidential elections in case candidates did not attain the 50 percent plus one threshold, it is better for Zambia to give it a try.
Chief Macha has urged the National Constitutional Conference to ensure the 50 percent plus one is enshrined in the new constitution.
He said it is important for the NCC to look at the future benefits of such a constitutional provision.