Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba told Parliament last Friday that holding a national referendum will depend on the format of the final draft constitution.
Mr Kabimba, in response to some members of Parliament who wanted to know how much has been allocated for the referendum, said there is no money set aside for such a ballot.
A referendum is a direct vote in which all eligible citizens are asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal.
But Kabimba said there is also a possibility that the referendum may not be necessary.
“Should the process require a national referendum, Government will, through the co-operating partners, source for funds for the process,” Mr Kabimba said.
The minister said to date, K103 million has been spent on the constitution-making process and it is estimated that another K115 million will be spent until the completion of the process.
Mr Kabimba said the current constitution-making process is cheaper than previous ones that the MMD Government carried out.
“The previous constitution-making process ended up producing nothing for this country. I have not seen any NCC [National Constitution Conference] document that has been used because it failed,” Mr Kabimba.
The minister was responding to Mwinilunga member of Parliament Stephen Katuka (UPND), who wanted to know how much money has been spent on the constitution-making process to date.
Mr Katuka also wanted to know the estimated cost of the whole constitution-making process.