There is need to seriously reflect and identify weaknesses in the electoral process and amended Constitution in order to avoid serious consequences after the August 11, 2016 elections, says Dr Francis Chigunta.
The University of Zambia lecturer in development studies and political economy said this when he delivered a key note address at a public forum in Lusaka yesterday.
The forum organised by Panos Institute of Southern Africa was called public dialogue on the 2016 general elections.
In a presentation titled; Election Preparedness, Political Context, Implications of the Constitution Amendments and scenarios mapping, Dr Chigunta said there would be consequences to the current electoral process which need to be addressed.
He said he contested the view from some sections of society that the electoral process has not changed in view of the amended constitution.
And Dr Chigunta said there were likely to be complications if the elections would not be held on a level playing field.
“Political violence, tension, and a changed investment environment and cycles of instability may result’’ he said.
He called on the need for political torelance, free media, free and fair elections among others if Zambia was to be stable politically.
And the Christian Coalition Monitoring Group (CCMG) chairperson and Christian Council of Zambia General Secretary Susan Matale has said in an interview that as the nation heads towards the general elections, peace must be maintained.
Reverand Susan Matale said political parties as the major players in the electoral process must ensure that they seriously work at ending violence.
She was speaking on the side-lines of a public forum organised by Panos Institute of Southern Africa in Lusaka yesterday.
She noted that ending violence was possible
Reverand Matale called on the police to deal fairly with all political parties in matters of violence.
She also said Zambian politics needed civility and a shift away from cadrerism if it was to be called a mature democracy.
Meanwhile, various civil society organisations and discussants during the forum condemned political violence and called for political will to end it.
Meanwhile Father Leonard Chiti , the executive director of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection called on the nation to reflect on the various issues surrounding the electoral mood.