Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia Chapter has submitted that a different procedure from that of removing judges from office be provided for when removing members serving on the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ).
MISA Zambia Chapter Chairperson, Daniel Sikazwe said the procedure must be different as ECZ was not part of the judiciary and its members did not carry judicial functions.
Mr. Sikazwe said this in his submissions to Parliament on the Constitution of Zambia (Amendment) Bill 2010 to a Parliamentary Select Committee Chaired by Parliamentary Chief Whip, Vernon Mwaanga in Lusaka today.
The MISA Chief further submitted that Article 193 (2) did not make any provision of what happens in the event that names submitted by the Select Committee were not ratified by the National Assembly.
Mr. Sikazwe said to avoid a lacuna, there was need to provide for such as provision in the constitution.
And on registration of voters, Mr. Sikazwe observed that there was general apathy of voters’ registration saying the exercise was only done in anticipation of elections.
He said this was contrary to what was provided under the current laws that provided for continuous voter registration.
On funding of political parties, MISA Zambia submitted that the funds should only be used to financially assist political parties and urged recipients not to view it as a business venture.
He said the money must be used by political parties and the money be made available at all times.
And Parliamentary Select Committee members, Katombola Member of Parliament Regina Musokotwane and her Sinda counterpart, Levy Ngoma also contributed on the submission.
And receiving the submissions, Parliamentary Select Committee chairperson, Vernon Mwaanga, assured MISA Zambia Chapter that the committee would incorporate all issues raised in its final report to Parliament.
Mr. Mwaanga thanked MISA Zambia Chapter for appearing before the Committee to submit towards the constitutional making process.