Cabinet has approved the publication and introduction in Parliament of “The Electoral Process Amendment Bill that will make provision for people in prisons and correctional centres to vote.
The bill will also provide for distribution of campaign material in prisons and correctional centres by candidates in an election.
Monitors, observers and polling agents will also be allowed access to prisons on voting day as well as allow community members to use polling stations established in prisons.
This decision is a result of the decision of the constitutional court which allowed prisoners to start voting.
Cabinet also approved the publication and introduction in Parliament of a Bill entitled “The Cannabis Bill, 2021.”
The objectives of this Bill are to provide for the regulation of the cultivation, production, storage and distribution of cannabis for medicinal, scientific and research purposes.
Cabinet expects that the country will benefit both for medicinal purposes and economically through the enactment of the law on cannabis.
And Cabinet has also approved for publication and introduction in Parliament during the
current sitting, a Bill entitled “The Industrial Hemp Bill, 2021.”
The bill will provide for the licensing of cultivation, production, processing, storage, exportation, importation and distribution of industrial hemp.
The Bill will also and provide for regulation of research in industrial hemp.
Cabinet also approved the publication and introduction in Parliament of “The Higher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
The objectives of the Bill will be among other this to re-define the categories of higher education institutions; and provide for accreditation of learning programmes for higher education
Cabinet noted that various higher learning institutions have authority to accredit learning programmes both for foreign and local Higher learning institutions.
This has created a duplication of functions between the Higher Education Authority and other higher learning institutions.
This is contained in a statement made available to ZNBC News in Lusaka by Cabinet office.