Constitution of Zambia Bill failed to pass second

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The Constitution of Zambia Bill failed to pass second reading after Members of Parliament voted twice but failed to garner the two third’s majority for the Bill to pass.

And Vice President GEORGE KUNDA says the constitution of Zambia bill and Constitution of Zambia amendment bill can ONLY be brought back before parliament after six months.

Mr KUNDA says although failure to enact the two pieces of legislation by parliament has deprived the nation an opportunity to reform the governance system, government remains committed to the constitution review process.

The Vice President was speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka.

Mr KUNDA said that inability by parliament to enact the constitution means that ZAMBIA has lost out on an opportunity to provide and enhance legal framework for the people of Zambia.

Mr. KUNDA said the opposition UPND wanted government to include the 50 percent plus one vote, hoping for a possibility of forming a coalition government with the MMD.

He said that the MMD realized that the 50 percent plus One vote for a presidential candidate was referred to the referendum and that the issue of forming a coalition government with the UPND could NOT be accommodated as it required further consultations between the two parties.

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2 Comments

  1. Brenda Chisala April 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Is it possible for all of us in Diaspora to start a petition so that we be allowed to vote in future? We will miss out on this year’s elections but we can start lobbying now and get if possible an election pledge from current leaders such as Sata to committ himself to changing election rules so that Zambians living abroad are allowed to vote in future elections.

  2. CHIYAZYE MUNJUNGA March 31, 2011 at 1:00 pm -  Reply

    Am suprised and shocked with our government and the opposition why the constitution failed to go through. Every time we try to ammend the so called constitution especially when elections are near the end result is going back to the drawing board why do we still use the old constitution we can we until we have the new constitution ??? I think the MMD govt knows the answer and are now happy that they got what they wanted but to all Zambians out there show them the door out this years Election enough is enough imingalato yachilamo ba MMD !!!!! Why dont you allow those in Diaspora to vote too if countries like Sudan can do it please send the ballot papers to high commissioner offices.???

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