The template of the Referendum ballot paper for the referendum voting in the August 2016 elections.
The template of the Referendum ballot paper for the referendum voting
in the August 2016 elections.
The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) has said that the failure by the Electoral Commission of Zambia to release the result for the referendum alongside the presidential result, as was promised by the Commission, has raised serious speculation among members of the public that the Referendum could have failed.

Isaac Mwanza the YALI Governance Advisor said they are saddened that the Commission has left the matter of the referendum outcome to public speculation when that referendum vote was as more important as other elections.

“YALI has however said the total votes cast for presidential vote announced this far by the Commission is a pointer that Zambia will meet the required 50% threshold of eligible voters turning up to cast their vote which will allow Parliament to consider the Bill to alter the Bill of Rights and Article 79.

“We are saddened though that the Commission has left the matter of the referendum outcome to public speculation when that referendum vote was as more important as other elections,” he said.

He explained “YALI fears if the referendum result is only released after all other results have been done, the Commission may be accused of doctoring the numbers in favour of either candidate who would have won the elections because of each candidate had their own stance on the referendum.

“The Commission seem to have been overwhelmed with conducting the general election at the expense of the referendum and this is the reason why YALI had objected to turning the Electoral Commission into a Referendum Commission as ECZ has less capacity to handle the referendum.”
He also said the proposal by his organization on having a separate Referendum Commission which would be in charge of the Referendum process.

“The YALI proposal to conduct the referendum alongside the 2016 general elections was premised on the fact that we shall have a separate Referendum Commission which would solely have the capacity to announce the referendum result as ECZ also went around with their business of announcing winning candidate and we feel government must re – table the Referendum Bill to make clear distinction between the Electoral Commission and the Referendum Commission and the roles that each plays in the referendum,” he said.

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  1. HH and UPND de-campaigned the referendum. They were also against the constitution and now they will need it. Poor upnd!!

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    • EACH & EVERY ONE OF THE 77,000 VOTES THAT HAVE BEEN HIDDEN/WITHDRAWN IN LUSAKA, WILL HAVE TO BE REINSTATED!!!!!! NOTHING LESS THAN THIS SHOULD BE ACCEPTABLE!!!!!!
      NOT REINSTATING THEM means WE AS A COUNTRY ARE REALLY NOT INTERESTED IN DEMOCRACY, JUST AS WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN RELIGION BUT PRETEND TO BE CHRISTIANS – ONES THAT STEAL & KILL WITH IMPUNITY!!!!

      THERE WILL BE NO NEED FOR A RE-RUN!!!!!!!!!!

      WHAT IS REQUIRED IS SIMPLY A RECOUNT!!!!! IN FACT A RE-COUNT IS A BRIDGE TOO FAR!!!!
      WE HAVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE OF ELECTORAL MALPRACTICE & IMPROPRIETY WHICH ECZ HAVE GLADLY IGNORED – AS ECZ ARE SO INCOMPETENT & CORRUPTED – WE ARE THUS IN UNCHARTERED WATERS, & in all HONESTY THE CHIEF JUSTICE , with ALL THIS NAKED & RAMPANT MALPRACTICE/IMPROPRIETY – CANNOT & WILL NOT IN HIS LEGAL…

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    • …..WILL NOT IN HIS LEGAL CONSCIENCE & HIS LEGAL DUTY, BEFITTING A CHIEF JUSTICE, WILL HE SWEAR IN A PERSON WITH SO MUCH UNCERTAINTY, HANGING AROUND THEIR AUTHENTICITY AS A TRUE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT – HE IS THE LAST STOP IN THE PROCESS!!

      A SO COMPROMISED ECZ CANNOT & WILL NOT FORCE HIM TO DECLARE A FRAUD INTO OFFICE!!
      NOT EVEN CROOKED DEFENCE CHIEFS CAN FORCE HIM TO DO SO!!
      ECZ HAVE TO BE DISMISSED FROM TOP TO BOTTOM!!!

      DEFENCE FORCES, OP & POLICE SHOULD NOW MOVE TO SECURE THESE BALLOTS, AWAITING AN “EMERGENCY ECZ” OVERSEEN BY THE CHIEF JUSTICE, TO CARRY OUT A RE-COUNT!!!!!
      THIS, SO THAT HE IS REASSURED THAT THE PERSON HE SWEARS, IS INDEED THE GENUINE CHOICE OF THE PEOPLE!!!!!

      THIS WILL BE THE TURNING POINT IN ZAMBIA’S HISTORY – CHOOSING BETWEEN THE PATH OF PEACE or THE…

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    • ……THE TURNING POINT IN ZAMBIA’S HISTORY – CHOOSING BETWEEN THE PATH OF PEACE or THE PATH OF CHAOS – we all KNOW WHICH THUGS HAVE & WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS!!!

      #CHAGWA THE MURDERER HAS FALLEN!!!! #PamaFIKUYABEBELE!!!

      I thank you!!

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  2. The referenduum was a conduit for stealing from public coffers and a tool to create confusion in the electoral process. Otherwise how do you justify calling for a referendum which people dont even understand?

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    • Prime minister Mao you are on point and very intelligent view. I have been telling people the same somehow i thought i was the only one that way. PF people are thugs and danger to society.

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  3. This UPND fellows were against the constitution and accused ECL for signing the constitution which brought in the constitution court. The same ruled against the minister and the celebrated!! They will again rush to the constitution for their petitions which Edgar brought for them.

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    • it was not a favour from Edgar the constitution was for the people by the people, so don t come out and glorify Edgar like he done us a favour. Are you an educated person ROZA?

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  4. YALI – Let’s face it — the Referendum result is not as important as the Presidential result. We can live without any conclusive outcome of the Referendum but not the Presidency. Please do not mislead people.

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    • Without a constitution amendment you can’t have a bill of rights, which protects your personal rights from a corrupt government, so the presidency vote means nothing – *****

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  5. So what if Zambians just voted no on the referendum. Zambians are smarter than you think. Keep dreaming and being weird UPND and PF cadres. Zambians have spoken.

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