ZAMBIA TO BEGIN STUDYING SUBMISSIONS ON PROPOSALS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS SOON

LUSAKA– The Ministry of Justice says it will start analysing submissions made on the proposals for possible amendments to the Constitution of Zambia.

Minister of Justice Given Lubinda said here Thursday that the Ministry last year received an overwhelming number of submissions from various stakeholders such as civil society organizations (CSOs) and some political parties.

Lubinda said the Ministry wanted to refine the current Constitution and also address the challenges in the interpretation of the law.

Speaking when he met representatives of CSOs which made submissions on amendment of the Constitution, the Minister said it was unfortunate that some people waited till the last minute to make their submissions.

He explained that the 2016 amended Constitution was done hurriedly and had a lot of lacunas.

A representative of the CSOs, Eugine Kabilika, said he was confident the contributions made would help in the refinement of the Constitution.

Among the recommendations was one for the adoption of a mixed-member, proportional electoral system to increase the representation of marginalized interest groups and another for a framework for settling of presidential election disputes within a clear time frame.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK