Former ECZ electoral officer, Nshindano, calls for reforms, trust in electoral process


Patrick Nshindano, the former Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) Chief Electoral Officer, says there is need to carry out electoral reforms before the 2026 elections to avoid conflicts.

Nshindano said during Emmanuel Mwamba’s Podcast monitored by the Zambia Monitor on Wednesday that reforms in the electoral process was needed to prepare the country for the next elections.

“Reforms are needed, the issues which were raised prior to the 2022 general elections are still with us, we can say there is peace and freedom but when elections are geared up, political parties resort to violence,” he said.
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Nshindano observed that political parties tended to engage in violence to intimidate opponents which was unfortunate.

He said the National Enquiry on Voting Patterns and Electoral Violence revealed the need for more electoral reforms.

On electronic voting which ECZ was championing, he said it was a brilliant idea but that what was needed was to build trust in the electoral process to remove stakeholders’ suspicions.

“Electronic voting will minimize costs but what needs to be done is to create trust in stakeholders,” Nshindano observed.

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