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Zambia proud of its democratic record-Kopulande

http://zebru.org/images/img_8722.jpgBRUSSELS, THURSDAY 13TH OCTOBER, 2016 – Zambia has extolled the international community for their support during the August 11th general elections.
Zambia’s Member of Parliament Honourable Sebastian Kopulande yesterday informed the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels that the country’s elections on August 11th were held under the newly amended constitution signed by His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu on January 5th 2016.
He said the new constitution brought into effect clauses such as Article 47 which stipulates that ‘Elections to the office of the President shall be conducted directly under a majoritarian electoral system where the winning candidate must receive more than fifty percent of the valid votes cast’.
He said the presidential election results which were  announced on August 15th renewed President Lungu’s mandate after obtaining 50.35 percent of the total valid votes cast.
“His Excellency Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu was re-elected and subsequently sworn-in on 13th September, 2016 as President of the Republic of Zambia for  a period of five years from 2016 to 2021.
The Zambian legislator said Zambia is proud that the elections were peaceful and credible, held in a free and fair atmosphere. He said the country is thus pleased of its democratic record.
Mr Kopulande who has been elected co-rapporteur for the EU-ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly expressed gratitude to all the election observers for the confidence and trust shown in Zambia’s electoral system.
“The election observers were satisfied with the manner in which the elections were held and therefore, declared the Zambian elections as generally free and fair. The elections were observed by several organisations, which included among others the African Union, Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA), the Carter Centre, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, and the European Union. A delegation from the European Parliament was headed by Mr Michael Gahler, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and Member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.”
He added, “the African Union for example, concluded in its report that the elections were conducted in a peaceful atmosphere within the framework that satisfactorily met the continental and regional principles of democratic elections.”
He conveyed to the ACP and the EU Zambia’s appreciation for the unwavering support rendered during and after the elections.
“I also wish to express sincere gratitude to the government and people of Zambia for the kind messages of congratulations received from your respective governments to our President on his electoral victory.”
The ACP Group is the largest trans-national intergovernmental organisation of developing countries in the international system, with 79 member countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. The main goal of the Group is to drive South-South solidarity and North-South cooperation for the sustainable development of ACP countries and their successful integration into the world economy. Originally brought together as a result of the Association Clause in the Rome Treaty of 1957, which established the European Common Market, the Georgetown Agreement of 1975 formally established the ACP Group as an intergovernmental association.


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