THE Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) says Zambians have lost confidence in the country’s political parties and political process.
ZCID executive director Horrance Chilando said the lack of confidence was demonstrated in the just ended presidential election characterized by unprecedented voter apathy.
Mr Chilando said in a statement attributed the low voter turn-out to citizens being tired of being lied to and failure of the political system to meet their aspirations.
He noted that political parties had weakened as a result of on-going political squabbles, tensions, violence and misunderstandings that engulfed the country following the death of President Michael Sata.
Mr Chilando said there was need to strengthen the political framework for the development of political parties and inter-party dialogue.
He proposed the formation of a national democratic project that would strengthen political parties as pillars of a functioning multiparty democratic dispensation.
Mr Chilando said the democracy project would also provide a platform for national dialogue and engagement.
He regretted that stakeholders had been dragging their feet over the project and hoped that the new administration would consider implementing it.