Find us on Google+

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Broke institutions (Electoral Commission of Zambia)

Another example of how poor funding undermines institutional reform. Zambia is supposed to have continuous voter registration, the reason we don't have such a system apparently is because the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has no money:

Justice Mambilima also said that the ECZ was not able to implement the continuous voter registration exercise owing to inadequate funding. “In 2007, the ECZ was given K300 million for the exercise while this year only K17 million was allocated from a budget of K119 billion,” Justice Mambilima said. Parliament passed the law for the continuous voter registration in 2001 but the process has still not started because of inadequate funding.
To rectify the problem, the ECZ is pushing the NCC to include a clause in the new constitution that would compel the government to fund the institution without hesitation. Which raises the question of whether that should be applied to the myriad of other commissions which may created.

2 comments:

  1. I am not sure about the technicalities but wouldnt it be a good idea to register voters at the same time that they are getting NRCs? Would that require that much additional resources? We have a small percentage of eligible voters with voters cards because the process usually entails queuing up to get it done.
    The NRC holding population can get this done in one exercise and that would be all.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am not sure about the technicalities but wouldnt it be a good idea to register voters at the same time that they are getting NRCs? Would that require that much additional resources? We have a small percentage of eligible voters with voters cards because the process usually entails queuing up to get it done.
    The NRC holding population can get this done in one exercise and that would be all.

    ReplyDelete

All contributors should follow the basic principles of a productive dialogue: communicate their perspective, ask, comment, respond,and share information and knowledge, but do all this with a positive approach.

This is a friendly website. However, if you feel compelled to comment 'anonymously', you are strongly encouraged to state your location / adopt a unique nick name so that other commentators/readers do not confuse your comments with other individuals also commenting anonymously.