By SANDRA MACHIMA and ANNIE ZULU
THE United Party for National Development (UPND) has advised new Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) chief executive officer Patrick Nshindano to take a holistic approach to matters of elections for the public to regain confidence in the organisation, says secretary general Stephen Katuka.
Mr Katuka said ECZ remained the pinnacle of the country’s democracy and that its values needed to instill confidence in the public.
His comments follow the appointment of Mr Nshindano who is former Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) executive director, as ECZ CEO. Having known and interacted with Mr Nshindano at various civil society engagements, Mr Katuka said he was optimistic that he (Mr Nshindano) would deliver in his new mandate.
“We remain optimistic that his character and experience as an advocate of good governance will turn around the fortunes of the Electoral Commission of Zambia in regaining public confidence.
Once again on behalf of the UPND and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to congratulate Mr.Nshindamo and ask him to hit the ground running in terms of elections management, voter registration and retention of public confidence.
The UPND said Mr Nshindano’s appointment came at a time when the organisation needed to retain its credibility which had eroded in the recent past in the eyes of the political players and the general public.
ECZ public relations manager Margaret Chimanse announced Mr Nshindano’s appointment in a statement. He takes over from Chomba Chella who separated from the Commission on July 31, 2019.
And the Non-Governmental Gender Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has welcomed Mr Nshindano’s appointment.
NGOCC Executive Director Engwase Mwale said the women’s movement had no doubt that Mr Nshindano would provide the necessary leadership to the Commission.
Ms Mwale said she was confident that Mr Nshindano would use his experience in the civil society sector to galvanise and build the required credibility for the Commission to deliver free and fair elections.
She said this in a statement made available to the Daily Nation yesterday.
“The women’s movement looks forward to working with the Commission in the process of engendering the electoral processes especially in so far as enhancing women’s participation and provision of gender disaggregated data at all levels of the Commission’s operations, engagements and elections management,” Ms Mwale said.