It appears after highlighting this issue exactly one year ago, the Electoral Commission of Zambia is still crippled by poor funding :
Justice Mumba explains that despite the law allowing the for continuous voter registration being in place since 2001, eight years down the line, the law has still not been implemented mainly due to lack of funds. She says in 2002, the commission submitted a budget of k52 billion of which only k300 million was approved, k962 million in 2003, while no funds were allocated in 2005 and 2006. Justice Mumba adds that in 2007, a budget of 199 billion was submitted to the ministry of finance and national planning and only k84 million was approved, with no allocation being provided in 2008. She says government has only allocated K5billion in this year's budget while the commission requires k48 billion to commence the exercise.
As we have said repeatedly in our "broke institutions" thread, the problem in Zambia is not that we don't have good laws, we do, the problem is lack of enforcement. There's a lack of political will in many areas. How else does one explain why the National Constitutional Conference (NCC), making new laws gets more money (and smoothly), than an already legal office like the Electoral Commission of Zambia, obliged under law to fulfil its duties? It begs the question of why we are bothering with the NCC if one is unwilling to enforce existing legal provisions. Of course we understand why the ECZ is underfunded and the NCC delegates are fully endowed - I touch on this under Satanomics, 2nd Edition.