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Draft Constitution: 14 Days to swear in President-Elect unrealistic

Headlines Draft Constitution: 14 Days to swear in President-Elect unrealistic

President Michael Sata is presented with a Bible at the inauguration ceremony at Supreme Court in Lusaka
President Michael Sata is presented with a Bible at the inauguration ceremony at Supreme Court in Lusaka

Political Scientist Alex Ng’oma has charged that the 14 days recommended in which the President-elect must be sworn is unrealistic. Dr N’omba said that no petition case can be concluded in two weeks and therefore calls for more time.

Many stakeholders have objected to the recommendation indicating that the winning Presidential candidate must be sworn in within 14 days, contending that the provision is not different from the provision in the current constitution which stipulates that the winner is sworn- in within 24 hours.

Their argument is that under the recommendation in the first draft constitution, the President-elect can still be sworn in within 24 hours as it falls within the recommended 14 days hence there is no difference.

Dr N’omba has welcomed the recommendation of the system of proportion representation by the technical committee of experts in the drafting of the constitution.

Dr. Ng’oma who is also Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) president has told Qfm news that submitting a list of preferred candidates to the Electoral Commission of Zambia can enable the commission to simply select the runner up in case the front runner falls out.

He said the system is progressive has it allows the minority of political parties to have a say in national affairs.

The political scientist has since downplayed concerns of accountability and allegiance being raised by various stakeholders stating that Members of Parliament will be accountable to the public once the system is adopted.


  1. Why unrealistic? Its being done in France. From these debates it seems it’s already guaranteed that petitions will follow after elections! The focus should be then on strengthening our institutions to ensure fairness and transparency.

  2. Bwezani was sworn-in in 2 hours…ba Alex grow up ;whats unrealist…we should even thank the zambians for coming up with such a good idea…mind you THIS IS AFRICA…TIA BROS,…where everyone is power hungry lijke HH

  3. Is this the same Ngoma president of FODEP which opposed dual citizenship, because criminals would freely run away and hide in their second country? I can’t waste my time on his shallow thinking!


  5. I hope its a different guy who opposed the Dual Citizenship. Cause if it is him, then he is f**ked up!  

  6. Each piece of the constitution should be viewed in relation to other pieces, and not taken in isolation.

  7. The problem with ‘educated’ Zambians is that they ejaculate rubbish just to get in their name in the media. Instead of calling for the strengthening of systems to ensure transparency, he is anticipating petitions as a way of settling election results.. What a warped thinker! Wanker get a life you loser!!!

    The President-elect shall be sworn into office on the Tuesday following –
    (a) the fourteenth day after the date of the declaration of the election results, if no petition has been filed under Article 101(2) and in accordance with Article 101(3); or
    (b) the seventh day following the date on which the court declares the election to be valid, if a petition has been filed under Article101(2).

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