An election expert has commended the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for being flexible ahead of the August 11 general elections.
In an interview with the Daily Nation, former Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) executive director McDonald Chipenzi expressed happiness with the decision by ECZ to reduce nomination fees for aspiring candidates ahead of the general elections.
“The decision by ECZ to reduce the nomination fees across the board is commendable. This is flexibility on the part of ECZ,” Mr Chipenzi said.
Mr. Chipenzi said that in a democracy ‘‘rigidity is a recipe for anarchy and fertile ground for autocratic leadership’’ because it eroded public confidence and bred suspicion and speculation.
“To this end, ECZ should consider reviewing its decision to print ballots in Dubai and also halt the holding of the referendum alongside the elections,” he said.
ECZ has announced the revision of nomination fees for presidential candidates from K75, 000 to K60,000 and parliamentary candidates will now pay K7,500 from the previous K10,000 while municipal councilors will pay K750 instead of K1,500 while aspiring councillors for district councils will now pay K400 from the previous K750.