The revised nomination fees by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) are reasonable and timely in that they would allow credible and visionary leaders with integrity to offer selfless leadership to the Zambian people in the coming elections, UBUNTHU Executive Director, Reuben Mbewe has said.
He said the new nomination fees are a great move that would allow full citizen participation in all matters of national, social and economic development.
Mr Mbewe said he was shocked that some politicians wanted to gain some political mileage over revised nomination fees by criticizing the move.
He said if Zambia was to sustain her democratic growth, all citizens eyeing public office must learn to think beyond the ordinary.
Mr Mbewe said the step taken by the ECZ indicates growth in a democratic country and that it would encourage all citizens to actively participate in national matters by offering solutions to government when need arises.
He said the nomination fees were executed in good
faith and came with enormous advantages to lessen on the expenses government incured through the electoral body to manage elections in the country.
“We also wish to urge all public office hopefuls to be extremely objective when analyzing national matters as politics are not always about opposing,” Mr Mbewe said.
Earlier this week, ECZ revised fees for the Presidential candidate to K 75, 000, Members of Parliament K 10, 000, Mayoral elections at K 10, 000, Council chairman K 5, 000 and councilors in cities and municipal councils at K 2, 000 while rural council nominations have been pegged at K 1,500.