WIDER CONSULTATION NEEDED REGARDING VOTING IN CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES-MUTELO
Written by newsroom on July 27, 2020
Democratic Governance and Human Rights Advocates (DEGHA) states that the issue of inmates voting is one that requires wide stakeholder consultation before the Electoral Commission of Zambia can come up with a decision.
DEGHA National Coordinator Gerald Mutelo tells Flava Fm News that correctional facilities are very sensitive places and people cannot be granted access anyhow.
Mr Mutelo notes there is need to repeal the current Zambia Correctional Facilities Act so that there is a provision for political parties both the opposition and the ruling party to be able to campaign in prisons.
He says for the sake of fairness, a system needs to be put in place so that all players who would like to campaign should be granted access to the inmates in order for them to make informed decisions when they vote by availing them various candidates or political party manifestos.
DEGHA further points out that there are a lot of issues that need to be looked at and questions that need to be answered by the ECZ and it is hoped that after the consultation process is completed, the Commission will make a decision that benefits all stakeholders.