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.