Opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has warned that Zambia’s current constitution making process risks being thrown into a tailspin if the issue of voter apathy is not addressed.
The PDP also fears that there will be some legal complications if a legitimate referendum is not met owing to voter apathy now that Cabinet has approved that all contentious issues of final draft constitution and the Bill of Rights be adopted through a referendum alongside the 2016 general elections.
PDP president George Mpombo has advised that in order to avoid such confusion it is important for government and other stakeholders in the constitution making process to embark on a furious sensitization campaign on the need for people to turn up in great numbers for the referendum.
Dr. Mpombo has told Qfm News that people in the country must be explained to on what the consequences will be if they do not turn in great numbers for the referendum.
He has disclosed that he personally does not find anything revolting about government’s decision to deal with the issue of enacting country’s constitution in a phased mode except that the challenged of referendum must be addressed.
The PDP president states that government’s decision to have all contentious issues of the final draft constitution adopted through a referendum alongside next year’s general election is in fact a reasonable and sound stance.
He says this is especially that most of the contentious issues of the final draft constitution have been pending since 1991.