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Nominate a name for ECZ Chairperson, HH tells Lungu

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Hakainde Hichilema

Hakainde Hichilema

Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has called on President Edgar Lungu to urgently prioritise the nomination of substantive Chairperson at the Electoral Commission of Zambia.

In a statement Tuesday morning to Zambian Eye, Hichilema says there is need to find a replace Justice Ireen Mambilima who previously held the position before being appointed Chief Justice.

“Mr. Lungu and his PF government must know that ECZ is such an important institution that it cannot continue without the top leadership such as the Chairperson,” Hichilema says.

The UPND president says as the Commission will soon embark on a voter registration exercise and preparations for next year’s tripartite elections it is essential that planning for such important undertakings is overseen by a Chairperson that has the confidence of political parties, civil society and the public.

Hichilema says a suitable name must be nominated for possible ratification at Parliament so that whoever takes over has sufficient time to get to grips with the huge task ahead, address the deficiencies identified in previous elections and build relationships with the necessary stakeholders.

“Confidence in the election process starts with the kind of people that are appointed to manage the electoral process, hence the need to urgently identify an appropriate successor for Justice Mambilima who is widely respected,” says Hichilema.


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