Government has appointed a Referendum Commission to oversee the holding of the referendum in 2016.
Justice Minister, Ngosa Simbyakula says government has drawn the membership of the commission from the Electoral Commission of Zambia.
Dr. Simbyakula is confident that the commissioners appointed will use their experience in handling elections to conduct a referendum.
He told ZNBC news in Lusaka yesterday that government will go ahead in holding the 2016 general election and the referendum simultaneously because the move is cost effective.
And Dr. Simbyakula said it is regrettable that the UPND wants to frustrate the constitution making Process.
He says government will however; continue engaging the opposition political parties and other stakeholders on the constitution making process.
Meanwhile, deputy Minister in the Vice President’s Office, Stephen Kampyongo says the youth should use the on-going mobile issuance of National Registration Cards-NRC’s to assert their right to vote and participate in elections.
Mr Kampyongo says government has so far received overwhelming response from the youth since the exercise of NRC’s started a few weeks ago.
He however, cautioned officers issuing NRC’s against giving the national identity documents to foreigners
And Mr Kampyongo noted that more needs to be done to sensitize the people on the importance of acquiring NRC’s in the run up to the 2016 general elections.
The Deputy Minister said this during an interview with ZNBC news in Lusaka.