National Youth Coordinator Gerald Chiluba said the proposal had a proven track record in other countries across the world.
“As a youth wing we would like to salute the delegates at the just ended National Dialogue Forum (NDF) for proposing the introduction of the Mixed Member Representation (MMR) electoral system. This is not a new and untried idea, it has a proven long track record in other countries across the world”, Chiluba said.
Chiluba said the debate over the Mixed Member Representation goes back to 2015 when the clause was removed from the Constitution of Zambia (Amendment bill) November 17 of 2015.
He said that Members of Parliament at that time seriously debated the matter to a point of subjecting the motion to a vote were 110 voted for the idea of deferring the inclusion of this article until completion of a proper research.
Chiluba said that 39 Members of Parliament whom among them constituted MPs from the UPND were for the idea of immediate inclusion of the Mixed member Representation Article in the Constitution and therefore, consideration and subsequent approval of the Mixed Member Representation by the NDF is an idea whose time has come.
The Mixed Member Representation Electoral System is usually anchored on creating room for marginalized groups to join government like women, youths, disabled and minority racial groupings.
“We therefore want to graciously thank the National Dialogue Forum for rising above partisan interest by adopting not only youth friendly articles but other progressive ideas that will refine our culture of governance. We also wish to call upon young people to join hands in supporting this progressive long awaited provision by fighting every propaganda aimed at demeaning the Mixed Member Representation”, he said.