FODEP happy with voter turnout on the Copperbelt


FOUNDATION for Democratic Process (FODEP) Copperbelt chairperson Mike Mushinge says the high voter turnout in the province is evidence of how people feel about democracy.

Speaking in an interview, Mr Mushinge said that the outcome  also  demonstrated the confidence citizens had in political institutions, the importance they attached to the electoral body  and that their participation made a difference.

Mr Mushinge said with the newly amended Constitution having awarded more powers to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), this had boosted the confidence people attached to the electoral process.

He said FODEP was of the view that the electoral body was given more powers to enable it deal with matters arising from aspiring candidates.

He said from information
gathered in most parts of the province, a high number of complaints were recorded involving candidates, with a few taken before the conflict management committee but due to limited powers they were not dealt with decisively.

He said that in future ECZ should put up deliberate reforms that would enable voters that lose voters cards or national registration cards (NRCs) days before the poll date to be allowed to cast their votes.

Mr Mushinge said his organisation had recorded a high number of people turned away because they had lost their voting

Meanwhile, Mr Mushinge said that the referendum election process was poorly recorded on the Copperbelt.

He attributed the outcome to lack of intense sensitization on the contents including the Bill of Rights.

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