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GOVERNANCE ACTIVIST OBJECTS REMOVAL OF EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT

Written by on February 10, 2022

BY RAPHAEL MULENGA

A Governance Activist has objected the recommendation by the European Union Election Observer Mission to remove educational requirements for the right to stand.

Mr Masuzyo Nyirongo says such a thing should not be allowed to happen adding that it is a requirement that a leader possess some knowledge to better interpret the law.

He has also maintained that the there is no need nomination fees should be refundable adding that the Electoral Commission of Zambia’s smooth operation is enhanced through the same money which is realized from such payments because funding alone cannot do.

He adds that in as much as some recommendations can be supported, there is need to maintain some of the policies that have been there for many years.

But Mr Nyirongo has supported the recommendation that the Public Order Act be repealed describing it as evil.

He notes that the current form in which the Public Order Act is does not serve the sole purpose to the people rights and freedoms are not respected as the law only favours certain individuals.

The European Union Election Observer Mission presented the final report of the August 12, 2021 general elections which contained 22 recommendations with the notable ones being the repealing of the Public Order Act and ensure in law adherence to regional and international standards for freedom of assembly, movement and expression.


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