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Do not shun political debates, politicians told

General News Do not shun political debates, politicians told

The Political Science Association of Zambia (PSAZ) has urged political candidates not to shun political debates forums ahead of the August 12, 2021 general elections.

In an interview with ZANIS, PSAZ President Joe Ndambwe said the political debate forums are the best way for candidates to reach out to the general public, due to the limitation in time, due to restrictions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Ndambwe expressed concern, noting that some candidates shun debates at every level and proposed that in future a law should be introduced that compels political parties to be represented by their candidates during debates.

“If we have a law that regulates the debates, it will be easy for candidates to participate,” he said.

The PSAZ president said at the moment it is very difficult to compile candidates to participate in debates, adding that it is just a moral call for the candidates to participate on their own.

Mr Ndambwe explained that the association will also provide forums on which candidates will be able to showcase their manifesto, ahead of the August 12, 2021 general elections.

He said the association is putting in modalities and will look to collaborate with other stakeholders like the Electoral commission of Zambia, media institutions, and universities.

The Association President further appealed to the general public to follow the debates in order to acquaint themselves with the type of candidates who will work with them to grow the country economically.

28 COMMENTS

  1. Manyengo, non of them presents then won, some not even a single seat in parliamentary , councilorship or mayoral, are these political parties or non givernmental organisation or gay grouping.?
    Wasting tvs airtime.

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  2. Which normal adult still requires political debates at this moment? I radicalise proactively that radical adults are now resolved already because we know these so called candidates for a while now so it’s anathemic for normal adults in this era to still envisage having political debates unless such a person isnt in Zambia proactively.

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  3. But Zambian voters say the opposite by how they vote. The absentees are the ones who get voted.

    I hope as a nation we can seek accountability from leaders.

  4. THE PEOPLE WHO SPEAK WITHOUT QUESTIONING AND DEBATED PF.
    PF FOLLOW THEIR PRESIDENT ECL WHO HAS ALWAYS BEEN RUNNING AWAY FROM HIS OWN NEWS REPORTERS WORSE IS BBC.

  5. A level playing field needs to be created for a sound debate. National governance has to be debated between or among people who have experienced leadership at national governance level. You cannot pit the president against people who have never tested national leadership even at ward level. The way national leadership looks by outsiders is never what it is when you’re in there.

  6. It’s not constitutional, moreover the Zambian debates always focus on assumption that the ruling party is corrupt, no tangible things come out of that. Character assassination, fake and bias moderation…

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  7. Because they’re normally useless. The debates are a contest in who’s the fastest talker. Competency and honesty in public office don’t depend on fast talking.

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