National Revolution Party (NRP) president Cosmo Mumba has revealed that political parties without representation in parliament are discussing for the possible formation of an electoral pact.
Dr. Mumba was quoted by ZANIS saying the proposed pact is likely to be the biggest and strongest pact as it is targeting all registered political parties in the country without representation in parliament.
He said the pact would be all-inclusive as it would seek to encompass diverse views on how the country should be run and developed.
Dr. Mumba said the idea behind the formation of the pact is to ensure that there is political stability in the country ahead of the 2011 general elections.
He disclosed that so far 16 political parties have been approached of which four have responded in the affirmative.
Dr. Mumba, who did not disclose the names of the four political parties, said the four parties have since entered into an agreement that spells out how the pact would function.
He said the consultative process was a painstaking exercise as it looked at pertinent issues that include consulting various party members at the grassroots about the possible formation of the pact.
Dr. Mumba pointed out that the political parties without representation in parliament are cautiously proceeding in a bid to ensure to harmony in the pact.
He accused the Patriotic Front (PF) and United Party for National Development (UPND) pact of failing to fully represent the views of their members due to lack of consultation and planning.
Dr. Mumba said the current status of the PF/UPND pact was likely to bring about confusion among members of the two parties due to lack of consultation.
He said the consultation team for the possible formation of another electoral pact has since engaged the Zambia Centre for Inter Party Dialogue (ZCID) in all its discussions.
Dr. Mumba said the idea to engage ZCID is meant to encourage dialogue among the parties involved and avoid any forms of animosity.