Presence of Minister of Home Affairs at ballot printing site a concern – FODEP

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The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has received numerous concerns from stakeholders regarding the presence of Home Affairs Minister Hon. Dr. Ngosa Simbiyakula, who is PF representative monitoring the ballot paper printing in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Despite him having gone there as party official, his presence is raising undue suspicion and speculation around the printing process, its security and credibility.

This is so because Dr. Simbiyakula is not just a mere member of the PF but a Minister in charge of internal security and custodian of key national affairs which includes overseeing operations of law enforcement agencies like Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), Zambia Police and Anti-Corruption who also play a key role in the management of the electoral process.

Given this development, it is FODEP’s view that the ECZ is now faced with the burden of explaining to and persuading stakeholders that the Minister’s presence at the printing site, Johannesburg is necessary and will not compromise the credibility of the electoral process.

FODEP recommends that the above explanation and persuasion be done immediately by the ECZ and PF government or PF party to avoid further speculation and confusion in the electoral process.

Similarly, the PF government has a duty to account for the cost and presence of the Minister in South Africa, who should otherwise, have been represented by other party officials.

PF should have taken a leaf from other political parties and previous governments who avoided sending such high ranking officials more especially the Minister of Home Affairs who holds a strategic position in the country to monitor ballot paper printing which is sensitive process.

This would have helped in arraying any fears that the ballot papers may be tampered with thereby comprising the election outcome.

 

McDonald Chipenzi

Executive Director

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5 Responses to Presence of Minister of Home Affairs at ballot printing site a concern – FODEP

  1. FODEP director should not be used by Upnd to suggests suspicion surrounding the presence of the Minister of Home Affairs.It is the duty of the party to chose who should represent the party.Hon. Simbiyakula is also the party’s legal chairman and is the right man to be there.Upnd is the only party that has been alarming the nation after suffering from polls fever.I think let us think behond assumptions.Our integrity and integrity of organizationswe represent can only be maintained by being impartial in expressing our opinion

    Zamleaks
    January 4, 2015 at 6:15 pm
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  2. Well spoken FODEP,your observation is of great concern to the integrity of elections.

    Nc'wala
    January 4, 2015 at 7:03 pm
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  3. That is the duty of NGOs!!! fodep great…follow it to the later

    Kencool
    January 4, 2015 at 7:17 pm
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  4. BA Chipenzi you have been sounding tribal for some time now. your name always suggests which candidate you support. that’s the problem with Tongas. there is nothing sinister for the minister to be there.

    JAMES MULENGA
    January 5, 2015 at 10:46 am
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  5. FODEP is acting more like Upnd who has been raising aligations of baseless opinions. So You Mean All Opposition Represetetion At The Printing Site Are Useless. Is It That Hon, Simbiyakula Is The Only One On Duty And Others Are Only There For Fun. Why Being An Empty Tin When We Have So Much To Do In This Poor Country. Dont Cover Laziness And Blam The Strong. Tell Us Somthing Sensible. Nosense.

    Mula
    January 5, 2015 at 11:04 am
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