Yes. According to Independent Churches of Zambia Chairperson Reverend David Masupa :
So not only are the poor voiceless, but where mistrust of institutions exist, they are even less willing to waste their time to vote. After all for the poor, "K1000" of time lost is worth more to them than "K1000" of time lost to the rich. The next question is how do we restore the ECZ's credibility?
In an interview yesterday, Rev Masupa said some Zambians may not have seen the need to vote because there was generally a feeling that the ruling party would be favoured even if they voted for the opposition. "There is a tendency by the electorate that even if they vote, the ruling party will be favoured," he said.
Rev Masupa said ECZ needed to be detached from the government in order to foster the confidence that had been lost in the electoral process and the Commission. He said currently, most people felt that ECZ operated largely under instructions from the government.
"We are calling for the review of the Electoral Code of Conduct. We also want to see independent and autonomous operations of the ECZ. The fact that ECZ is funded by government means the institution has to pay allegiance to the government of the day," Rev Masupa said. "We would want a situation where ECZ operates like the Judiciary."