The Electoral Commission of Zambia is about to hire and appoint a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). We are reliably informed that the top contender on the list is Patrick Nshindano, who is currently head of Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR).
But stakeholders have complained that Nshindano may not be the right candidate.
‘We can tell you without a doubt that this is yet another circus ECZ is creating. A man who lacks experience on elections will not only mismanage the election but will also put the country on a very dangerous path. We have no faith in Patrick and the fact that Esau Chulu continues being the chairperson makes us extremely skeptical,’ stakeholders said in a note to the Watchdog.
‘What we suggest is transparent recruitment process by consulting firms such as Deloitte or PWC. The position should be advertised, people should apply and be shortlisted. At this stage, preferably the ECZ CEO should be an expatriate to ensure the independence of the commission. Until such a time that the ECZ will have restored faith in the general public, the institution must be run by an expatriate. The law is clear on who the CEO of ECZ should be and it does not exclude the fact that an expatriate can be ECZ CEO,’ according to stakeholders note .