ECZ endorses 50 plus 1

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ecz-logoThe Electoral Commission of Zambia-ECZ-has endorsed the fifty per cent plus one electoral threshold for a winning presidential candidate.


Making a submission before the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs chaired by Choma Central MP Cornerlius Mweetwa, ECZ Director Priscilla Isaac said the provision is good although it will be difficult to attain.


Ms Isaac, however, said the system has its own merits and demerits.


She also told the committee that it is unrealistic to conclude a presidential petition within 14 days. The commission has since proposed that 30 days would be more realistic.


Ms Isaac also supported the concept of having the election date prescribed in the constitution as it enhances planning.


She however said for the 2016 tripartite elections the second week of August may not be the ideal date as it has adverse implications on the voters register – ZNBC


11 Responses to ECZ endorses 50 plus 1

  1. 50+1 will not work in favour of the PF. However, the positive side is that PF and UPND will go back for the second round and hope the rest of the small parties support UPND.

    November 5, 2015 at 12:12 pm

  2. if its true! I do welcome this move by the ECZ at large.

    chanda howard
    November 5, 2015 at 2:08 pm

  3. 50% + 1 enhances national unity as it compels politicians to make alliances and work together. It has helped reduce tensions in other countries where it is practiced without manipulation.

    November 5, 2015 at 2:49 pm

  4. Let the elections be held in December 2016

    November 5, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    • Fred, you are a very stupid of an idiot.

      November 5, 2015 at 3:39 pm

  5. This 50+1 will put us in problems we are not ready for this.

    November 5, 2015 at 6:04 pm

  6. I think this type of elections can help (it is welcome)

    Musonda Nevers
    November 5, 2015 at 6:47 pm

  7. I don’t see any benefit with that it is just a waste of reasorces, why not just stick to the old system .
    In zambia we have too many parties votes will be split and that will need prolonged time of voting , which would give room to un wanted waitng in limbo.

    November 5, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    • I agree…the delay will breed violence and business disruption.I personally is too busy to waste all the time on electing one ……. to become president!

      November 6, 2015 at 4:40 am

  8. ECZ are just looking at making more allowances during the second round voting. Wish one party can win by that margin within the first round of voting.

    John Chinena
    November 6, 2015 at 12:54 am

  9. 50+1 is the best for our system. we can not hold elections in December because some places of Zambia will be flooded and difficult to access this time we don’t want to be cheated enough is enough.

    November 6, 2015 at 8:58 am

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