THE current electoral system of first past the post or winner takes it all has been riddled with electoral corruption and must be confined to the garbage heap of history, Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda has observed.
Mr Chikwanda said there was need to revise the flawed electoral system so that Zambia could adopt the proportion representation which would have seen Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi and her counterpart of the United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema find their way to Parliament.
Mr Chikwanda told the Daily Nation that Ms Nawakwi had mounted a remarkable campaign which was mainly issue-based and had the country adopted the proportional representation, the FDD leader would have been in Parliament after the January 20 presidential election.
He said Ms Nawakwi came out not only knowing the challenges Zambians were facing but also brought out the concerns the many unemployed youths and women.
Mr Chikwanda advised that those talking their heads off about the new Constitution should consider advocating for proportional representation electoral system and propose to Parliament to amend the electoral system.
He said if Ms Nawakwi and Mr Hichilema had garnered enough votes in a presidential race, they would have been in Parliament where they could have provided leadership.
He said winner takes all electoral system was promoting electoral corruption because candidates at all levels of contests were often tempted to find financial and material resources to shower their voters and supporters.
“There is need to look at our flawed electoral system and adopt the proportional representation. The winner takes all system is riddled with corruption and must be confined to the garbage heap of history. The first past the post system often tempts candidates to look for financial and material resources to shower their voters and supports. If the country had adopted the proportional representation, Ms Nawakwi and Mr Hichilema whop mounted a formidable campaign would have been in Parliament where they could have provided leadership,” Mr Chikwanda said.
He said Zambia needed electoral laws that would make it possible for citizens to vote for candidates without undue influence by the freebies they would expect from the candidates.