The National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Tuesday said it will continue lobbying for the electoral reforms and ensure that the matters are concluded within a year.
Nice Executive Director, Ollen Mwalubunju, said the organisation wants Parliament to look into the reforms as soon as possible.
“We want to put pressure so that the reforms should be attended to urgently. If it’s not for this meeting, early next year Parliament will also be meeting. We want it to be concluded at least within one year of this (Tonse) administration,” he said.
Mwalubunju made the remarks ahead of a two-day electoral reforms review meeting to commence this week Thursday.
He said the meeting would give stakeholders a platform to reflect on the recommendations that the Law Commission made in 2017 and emerging issues despite Parliament rejecting the electoral bills last year.
“We want to reflect on these issues and others reflecting in the report and enhance recommendations from the Law Commission and also what could be the emerging issues which could add value to the improvement of electoral process in future,” he said.
Among other emerging issues, Mwalubunju highlighted orders from both the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court of Appeal for Parliament to review the laws governing the Presidential Election.
The review meeting comes when Parliament is scheduled to reconvene on September, 4, 2020, and deliberate on the electoral bills, according to leader of the House Richard Chimwendo Banda.
Law Commissioner, Rosemary Kumitsonyo Kanyuka, said there was still room to review the electoral bills.
“If there is still that need for review, then you write the commission on recommendations,” she said.