Zambia referendum to enhance people’s rights flops

A referendum meant to enhance people's rights in Zambia has flopped after it failed to garner the 50 percent of the votes required to be successful, the country's electoral body has said.

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The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) held the referendum last Thursday to amend part three of the constitution which contained the Bill of Rights.

According to figures from the the country’s statistics agency, there were 7, 528, 091 people who were eligible to vote in the referendum, but only 3,345,471 people turned out to vote.

“The total vote cast is less than 50 percent of persons entitled to vote. In view of the fact that the 50 percent threshold has not been attained, the referendum is therefore not successful,” ECZ Chairperson Justice Esau Chulu said Thursday.

The electoral body attributed the failure to attain the required threshold to campaigns by some stakeholders who had opposed the holding of the referendum alongside the general elections. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana


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