Chipenzi Talks By-Election & ECZ New Appointments

McDonald ChipenziMcDonald Chipenzi

The coming by-elections will be a litmus test to the newly
acting Director of Elections, Chomba Chellah, and his Head of
Public Relations Margaret Chimense, at the Electoral Commission
of Zambia.

The manner in which they would ensure or ensured the electoral
Code of Conduct enforced to the latter, the manner in which
they promote transparency and accountability in the management
of the process and the efficiency in the administration of the
remaining part of the electoral process would define who they
are and would be in the near future.

Are they going to accept responsibility and willing to be
accountable to their unpopular decisions and mistakes? Indeed,
their conduct will define the electoral destiny of country and
outlook of our electoral process come, 2021.

As stated in Article 45 of the Constitution, Zambia’s electoral
system and process must and should be transparent, accountable,
efficient, credible and pursue a timely resolution of electoral

Zambians, not only in areas where these by-elections are taking
place but the whole country, are expecting not less than an
improved management, administration and delivery of credible
electoral process in the country.

However, the fact that the media continue to show biased or no
coverage of all political parties and candidates despite the
guidance from the Constitution under Article 50 and the
commission is quiet is already a source of concern that the
Commission is scared of censuring the culprits.

The fact the the Vice-President would pretend to undertake a
three days- working visit to Itezhi-tezhi district where there
is by-election using government facilities and resources, a
pure act of abuse of public resources and yet, she went there
to campaign for the ruling party district Council Chairperson
candidate and the Commission is quiet, is extremely worrying to
us electoral stakeholders.

Therefore, Chomba Chellah led ECZ Secretariat must not be shy
but be proactive and censure all acts inimical to the
credibility of the electoral process and also acts that
undermine the electoral code of conduct.

I wish all the districts and wards holding by-elections God’s
protection and wisdom.