Constitution committee adopts 50% plus one

THE committee dealing with representation of the people at the ongoing national constitutional convention has unanimously adopted the 50 per cent plus one system of electing a Republican president.

But the committee, chaired by University of Zambia development studies lecturer Dr Francis Chigunta, rejected the current first-past-the-post system of electing members of parliament as adopted by seven provinces during provincial conventions.

When the convention opened on Wednesday, delegates were broken into 11 thematic groups or committees that were tasked to deliberate on specific provisions of the first draft constitution.

They would deliberate as individual committees until tomorrow and later present their resolutions to the plenary that starts sitting on Sunday and ends on Wednesday.

Yesterday, the 35-member committee on representation of the people overwhelmingly voted in favour of the clause, saying it provided legitimacy to an elected president.