Prince Ndoyi the student body’s Vice President expressed disappointment with the Patriotic Front leadership and LAZ in the manner they have opted to address the issue of the Referendum.
Mr Ndoyi said it is very disheartening to hear the biggest stakeholders in the process impose a choice instead of prioritising the sensitization on the contents of the proposed Bill.
“As the Zambia National Students Union we would like to express disappointment with the Patriotic Front leadership and LAZ in the manner they have opted to address the issue of the Referendum exercise we shall be undertaking as a country alongside the general elections on August 11. We say so because it is very disheartening to hear such great stakeholders in this process beginning to impose a choice instead of prioritising the sensitization on the contents of the proposed Bill,” he said.
He said the ruling PF should prioritise sensitization of the public and reserve the right to choose to the public.
“What we all must be doing especially for the ruling party that has the resources, is conduct sensitization of the electorates and reserve the right to choose to the electorates themselves. Let us allow the people to choose independently, because it is utter nonsense to tell people to vote YES or NO for something they completely don’t know and understand fully,” he said.
He also accused the ECZ of mismanaging the process and that ample time should be given to electoral body when undertaking such a massive task.
“ECZ has mismanaged the referendum and we call on government to ensure that ample time is give to the ECZ if the country is to undertake such a massive process again. Barely a month into elections, we are still talking about lack of a comprehensive voter education on why they must vote in the referendum and what it is.
“We are calling on all civil society organizations and the church to help and sensitize the masses, as ZANASU we shall begin sensitizing our students,” he said.