Stakeholders’ trust in electoral process vital-ECZ


THERE is need to build trust among stakeholders in the electoral process if the elections are to continue being successful in Zambia, Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) chairperson Judge Esau Chulu has said.

Judge Chulu has observed that the just ended November 8th US elections were successful because of the trust the people of that country had in the electoral system.

He said building trust in an election was a milestone that would help enhance the electoral process and could only be achieved once stakeholders believed in the process.

In a statement issued to the Daily Nation, Judge Chulu said there was a lot that Zambia could learn from the electoral system in the USA, citing the civility in the run-up, during the election and after results were announced.

He was, however, skeptical with the Electoral College rule of deciding a winner as opposed to a candidate with popular vote alone.

Judge Chulu said trust in the electoral system was important because it assisted to legitimise the results as they were released, as was the case with the U.S. presidential elections.

“This was contrary to what happened in Zambia where some stakeholders challenged some of the results as they were announced.

“In the U.S, people knew what numbers were expected from the Electoral College in order for a candidate to win and keenly followed the results as they were released,” he explained.

Judge Chulu and chief electoral officer Priscilla Isaac were in the United States to observe the just ended 2016 presidential elections that saw Republican candidate Donald Trump emerge victorious.

The ECZ chairperson who visited several polling stations in two states and the capital Washington DC, said he was impressed with the advanced voting system that provided for various voting options including early voting and voting outside the country.