New Constitution to Include 50-plus-1 Vote

Experts tasked to draft the new constitution of Zambia say it will include the 50 per cent plus one vote threshold which was rejected by the former ruling party MMD.

Technical committee spokesperson Simon Kabanda told journalists today that the draft constitution will also propose an elective vice-president.

“The new draft constitution which will be published at the end of this month would include the Bill of Rights, the 50 per cent plus one vote and the position of Vice-President being elective,” said Kabanda. “Once the position of Vice-President is made elective, Zambia would not go for a by-election in an event that a sitting President dies as his vice would automatically take over and finish the remaining term of office. We haven’t changed what people submitted; that’s the position.”

He said they were compiling all the documents through which the people had spoken.

“We are using Chona, Mvunga, Mwanakatwe constitution review commissions, the Electoral Reform Technical Committee (ERTC), the Mung’omba constitution review commission and the National Constitutional Committee (NCC) draft constitution. So we are dradting the new constitution without receiving any submissions from any member of the public,” Kabanda said.

He said the first draft constitution would be subjected to public comments at district consultative forums which would be followed by provincial conventions at which all comments would be collected.

During the sitting of the National Constitutional Conference (NCC) constituted by the MMD government, a lot of fundamental clauses were rejected.

Several stakeholders had submitted to previous constitution review commissions that the 50 per cent plus one threshold be enshrined in the constitution so that an elected President becomes a reflection of the majority citizens’ vote.

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