THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has been commended for being proactive in engaging stakeholders in trying to find solutions to some flaws in the electoral process.

UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma said the importance of free and fair elections in enhancing democracy could not be over-emphasized.

He said his party had presented a number of recommendations to the ECZ, ranging from enforcement of the electoral code of conduct, selection of election officers, results tallying, transmission, verification and announcement,” he said.

Mr Kakoma applauded the ECZ for their decision to allow political parties to verify the new voters roll and most importantly to allow independent auditors to also do the verification.

He said the dialogue between the ECZ and political parties should continue, adding that the formation of the inter-party elections committee that was agreed upon at the consultative meeting was a step in the right direction.

“Great progress has been made to lay ground for a free, fair and transparent election though a few issues such as access to public media still need to be addressed,” he said.

He said the opposition UPND was not oblivious to the difficult conditions under which the ECZ was working.  Mr Kakoma alleged that the institution was inadequately funded, and has since made an earnest appeal to the Government to make additional resources available to the ECZ immediately to ensure smooth operation.

“The institution needs adequate resources to have an excellent work, otherwise all the good work that the ECZ is doing will go down the drain,” he said.


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