THE United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has spent US$ 8 million to support the electoral process in Zambia from 2015 to-date, governance advisor Michael Soko has said.
Mr Soko said the funding was meant to support the country’s five-year electoral cycle to achieve the intended objective of having a top quality, credible and transparent election.
He said the basket funds were made available with contributions from the European Union (EU), United Kingdom Department for International Development, United States Agency for International Development and Irish Aid.
Speaking in an interview in Livingstone, Mr Soko said the broad based support was targeted at institutions which affects the electoral process such as the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and the Judiciary among others.
Recently, the UNDP supported the final orientation programme for newly appointed members of the Local Government Elections Tribunals which was held at AVANI Victoria Falls in Livingstone.
The tribunals, which will be spread in all 10 provinces of Zambia to hear and determine local government elections petitions, will be headed by magistrates who will be supported by lawyers and their appeals will be going straight to the Constitutional Court.
Mr Soko also hoped that the Local Government Elections Tribunals would speed up the process of dealing with election petitions.
“UNDP together with contributing partners are pleased to extend support to the Judiciary in fulfilling the constitution requirement of establishing Local Government Election Tribunals.
“This should go a long way in meeting the aspiration of the Zambian people especially to ensure effective delivery of justice as justice delayed is justice denied,” Mr Soko said.
Times Printpak Zambia Legal Counsel Justin Chitengi has been appointed to be a member of the Local Government Elections Tribunals.
Other lawyers, who are members of the Tribunals, are Harriet Mdala, Saviour Nsomboshi, Francis Mwale, Hope Misozi, Joseph Mwila Chimembe, Ngosa Mwila Simachela, Eddie Mwitwa, Sashi Kateka, Maureen Mwanza, Charles Sinkala, Mulopa Ndalameta, Mando Muwitumwa, Mwenya Kapasa, Mubanga Kalimamukweto, Daniel Sichombo, Mura Kapamba, Frederick Imasiku, Chibesa Maimbo, Lubumbe Kayuni, Priscar Bwebya, Vincent Mwewa, Natalie Mulenga, Fannie Tembo, Mulawo Mwaba, Mileji Gift and Chishimba Lamba.