CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT has started the development of a Political Parties Bill of 2017 with a call on political organisations and civil society to make
submissions to the proposed law.
The objectives of the Bill are to provide for registration and regulation of political parties, and the establishment of a political parties fund, among others.
Minister of Justice Given Lubinda announced this at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday.
He said there is need to introduce the Bill especially that Zambia does not have a specific law which prescribes government funding of political parties or regulation of campaign funding.
“The Political Parties Bill will regulate the freedom to form political parties and their sources of financing. It is therefore pertinent that the Bill be widely and thoroughly discussed with key stakeholders before it is finalised and introduced in Parliament for approval,” Mr Lubinda said.
He said the consultative process is important for promoting dialogue among political parties and for improved understanding of articles of the Constitution that need to be legislated.
“The consultative process will also demystify any uncertainties that may be currently harboured by some stakeholders in the political arena,” Mr Lubinda said.
He said the consultative process is in line with Government’s duty to promote transparency in the development of its regulatory framework.
Mr Lubinda said the ministry will take several steps to ensure wide consultations with key stakeholders.
Such steps include identification of key stakeholders, circulation of the draft bill and receipt of written and online submissions from stakeholders.
Mr Lubinda said his ministry will also hold a national consultative forum for key stakeholders not later than the next sitting of Parliament.
He said the draft bill will be available on the websites of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services for easy access.