18 political parties face deregistration


Out of 52 registered political parties, only 26 have complied with the law, Minister of Home Affairs Davies Mwila has revealed.

He has since directed the Office of the Registrar of Societies to issue default notices to the 18 political parties and societies that have defaulted.

Mr Mwila said societies that have failed to comply with registration provisions such as submission of financial statements and annual returns by political parties attracted penalties.

“This means that all erring political parties and societies that fail to pay the penalty charges within the stipulated time contained in the default notices will be issued with notices of cancellation which will ultimately be followed by deregistration of such societies,” he said.

Mr Mwila said according to the Societies Act Chapter 119 of the laws of Zambia, all societies registered under the Registrar of Societies were supposed to submit their financial statements and annual returns by March 31 of each proceeding year.

He said the remaining eight political parties would only be eligible to remit annual returns next year as they were registered recently.

“It is disappointing that even after extending the period of submitting Annual Returns to April 2015, after the expiry of the stipulated deadline of 31st March 2015, some political parties have decided not to comply with the law,” he said.

Mr. Mwila advised political parties and other societies to ensure that they registered their branches in all provinces where they were represented in compliance with the Societies Act.

He said the Registrar of Societies wished to operate in harmony with all societies unlike being confrontational to each other.

Mr Mwila said those societies that failed to comply with the law would have themselves to blame as they would face punitive measures in accordance with the Societies Act which would include de-registration.

He said the Office of the Registrar of Societies would soon commence the random and rigorous inspection of all societies across the country to ensure compliance with the Societies Act in collaboration with the police and other security departments.

“The Office of the Registrar of Societies is currently compiling a list of all defaulting political parties, churches and other societies which will be published in the media soon,” he said.

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