LAZ Press Statement on the Upcoming Referendum

The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has considered the referendum question that will be presented to the people of the Zambia on 11th August 2016 and the content of the proposed amendments to the Bill of Rights as well as the proposed amendments to Article 79 of the Constitution and is of the view that the benefits of supporting the proposed amendments far outweigh any disadvantages.

LAZ is on record as having stated that holding the referendum alongside the general elections and at such short notice is not ideal as the citizens’ votes may be unduly influenced by their political affiliation or persuasions and because very little time has been afforded for sensitisation of the public on the process and the implications of the referendum.

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