Political scientist favours twining Referendum, general elections


 THE holding of a referendum alongside the August 11 general elections will be cost effective, says political scientist Alex Ngoma.

He said in an interview yesterday that the holding of a referendum alongside the August 11 general elections was the most reasonable thing as any possibility of it running separately would delay the process and be expensive.

Dr Ngoma who is a lecturer at the University of Zambia said people calling for the holding of a referendum independently could have valid reasons such as the timeframe but in all sincerity the best option was to hold it alongside the general elections. e said donors would also grow weary of funding such electoral processes.  Dr Ngoma dismissed assertions that the process of holding the two programmes at a goal would be cumbersome stating that it would be done in an orderly manner as electorates would be guided.

“Political players need to be sincere on the holding of a referendum alongside the general elections by supporting the move as it is the best option. I urge political players and the nation at large to support this motion, “he said.

Dr Ngoma said the same people who had exhibited impatience by advocating the bringing of the Bill of Right within the shortest possible time where the ones against it.

He said there was still enough time to debate the contents of the Bill of Rights and has urged citizens to take interest in the contents of the document so that they could be well informed even as they vote.

Dr Ngoma appealed to political players to explain the contents of the Bill of Rights to their supporters and has urged the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to disseminate information through various means and in all the major languages of the country.

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