8 November 2012

Zambia: Emulate American Politicians - Mambilima

ZAMBIAN politicians should avoid character assassination and instead learn from Americans who have embraced issue-based politics, Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) chairperson, Irene Mambilima has said.

Justice Mambilima was impressed with how the American electoral process was handled and said Zambia had a lot to learn.

She said this yesterday during the 2012 US election countdown held at the United States of America Ambassador to Zambia, Mark Storella's residence in Lusaka.

Justice Mambilima also had the privilege to attend the recent Presidential debates in the US and was exposed to the electoral process in that country during her visit.

She said the role of technology in the electoral process could not be overemphasised.

Justice Mabilima was happy with the way the judiciary operated in the US, saying the Supreme Court in that country was well resourced and that judges easily conducted their research.

She said it was important for judges to be assisted by well-trained clerks for effective execution of justice.

And Mr Storella was happy that President Barack Obama had been re-elected as US President in a tightly contested election.

He said the just-ended elections had strengthened America's democracy which the country had developed peacefully.

He was equally happy that President Obama's contender, Mitt Romney had conceded defeat and pledged to work with the re-elected President for the benefit of Americans.

Zambia Police Service Deputy Inspector-General, Solomon Jere, who was present at the function, said Zambians should learn from the peaceful and orderly campaigns and elections in the US.

He said Zambian politicians should also learn from the love for each other that Americans had despite belonging to different parties with different views and ideologies.

"As for Zambia Police we are impressed with the security the Americans exhibited. We have seen that the police there did not take sides while executing their duties during the campaigns and gave a platform to both the ruling and the opposition parties," he said.

United Party for National Development Mazabuka Central Member of Parliament, Garry Nkombo said Zambians should embrace the lessons learnt from the American elections.

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