Credibility of 2011 polls questioned

The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has observed that the credibility of the 2011 general elections has been undermined by the number of Parliamentary seats that have been nullified.

Out of about 58 Parliamentary seats that have been petitioned, more 10 seats have been nullified with about 8 by-elections put on hold by judicial proceedings.

On Friday the 28th of March at a media luncheon held in Lusaka the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) chairperson Irene Mambilima maintained that as far as other stakeholders that monitored the 2011 general elections are concerned, the polls were considered free and fair.

But FODEP Executive Director MacDonald Chipenzi has told Qfm news that his organization can neither agree nor disagree with the position of the ECZ.

Mr. Chipenzi however says such unprecedented number of election petitions calls for the minimization of malpractices during elections.

He says the blame of such turn of events that has followed the 2011 general elections still falls on the ECZ as it is the body that is mandated to enforce the electoral code of conduct.

And Mr. Chipenzi has challenged the ECZ to give a clear explanation as to why it has suspended the Continuous Voter Registration exercise.

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