About 26 registered political parties, eight civil society organisations and five church mother bodies have confirmed participation at a four-days Electoral Code of Conduct (ECC) Review Workshop to take place in Livingstone, Southern Province.
Top on the agenda of the workshop is revision of the ECC and adopt it on October 7, 2010 after which a communiqué will be issued.
The workshop has also attracted seven media houses and five media associations, House of Chiefs, Zambia Centre Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) the National Conflict Management Committee. Other participants include University of Zambia Lecturers Dr. Alex Ngoma and Mr Eustace Nkandu and Zambia Police Senior Commissioner, Auxensio Daka.
Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) Public Relations Manager Cris Akufuna said this in a Press Statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today.
Mr. Akufuna said the workshop will be officially opened by ECZ Chairperson Justice Florence Mumba while the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has sponsored it. UNDP also manages the Electoral Cycle Project.
Mr. Akufuna said former Chief Justice Matthews Ngulube is expected to give a keynote speech that will critically analyse the 2006 ECC.
He disclosed that a Commissioner and former Vice Chairperson from Electoral Commission of Malawi and Kenya are also expected to share their countries’ experiences on the ECC respectively.
He said Mr. Justus Okoko, a Conflict Prevention and Recovery Specialist from the UNDP Regional Centre for Eastern and Southern Africa will also share his international experiences and lessons learned on the enforcement of the ECC.