Saturday, April 09, 2011

ZCTU backs PVT

ZCTU backs PVT
By Moses Kuwema
Sat 09 Apr. 2011, 04:00 CAT

PARALLEL vote tabulation is a good election monitoring tool which can help remove current suspicions against the Electoral Commission of Zambia, says ZCTU.

During a briefing at their headquarters yesterday, following the consultative meeting that was held on Thursday with affiliates, Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president Leonard Hikaumba said the PVT system had been successfully used in other countries without any negative consequences such as violence and mistrust among the contending political parties.

“The consultative meeting with affiliates yesterday Thursday resolved that PVT is a good election monitoring tool but requires proper management and knowledge on its advantages by a all participants through effective dialogue. It is a very important election methodology which has been used in many countries including Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique and in Zambia it was used in 2008,” Hikaumba said.

He said PVT was an important monitoring tool that could help in the credibility of election results as it was intended to deter fraud in the electoral process.

And on the failed constitution bill, ZCTU and its affiliates resolved that the issue needed to be re-tabled in Parliament after six months, with the inclusion of contentious issues such as the 50 per cent plus one threshold for a winning candidate.

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