The Constitution Amendment Bill number 10 of 2019 has failed to pass the Second Reading Stage in Parliament

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The Constitution Amendment Bill number 10 of 2019 has failed to pass the Second Reading Stage in Parliament .

The bill could not go through Second Reading as members of parliament who voted in favour of the bill did not garner the two thirds majority threshold.

The members of parliament who voted in favour of the bill were One Hundred and Five, short of six votes to attain the One Hundred and Eleven two thirds majority vote.

Speaker of the National Assembly Dr. PATRICK MATIBINI called for a vote on the bill after spirited debates by proponent members of parliament.

Earlier, winding up debates on the Constitution Amendment Bill number 10 of 2019, Justice Minister GIVEN LUBINDA said the PF government had demonstrated its commitment to enhance the Constitutional Rights of Zambians through Constitution Amendment Bill numb
r 10 of 2019.

Mr. LUBINDA regretted that some opposition members of parliament and their leaders had taken a partisan and narrow view on the bill.

Contributing to debates, Home Affairs Minister STEPHEN KAMPYONGO said the bill was critical to the delimitation of constituencies.

And Patriotic Front -PF- CHEMBE member of parliament SEBASTIAN KOPULANDE dismissed sentiments that the Constitution Amendment Bill Number 10 of 2019 was not broad-based and consultative.

Mr. KOPULANDE justified that the bill underwent through various phases of the consultative process.

Others who contributed to the debates were Livestock and Fisheries Minister Professor NKANDU LUO, PF CHITAMBO member of parliament REMEMBER MULENGA and Movement for Multi-party Democracy MUCHINGA member of Parliament HOWARD KUNDA.

The Constitution Amendment Bill Number 10 of 2019 was not broad based and consultative.

It was formulated on the backdrop of the resolutions of the National Dialogue Forum last year.

The objective of the Bill was to amend the Constitution of Zambia to among other issues revise the Preamble of the constitution to reaffirm the Christian nation’s status of the country.

The bill also serves to revise the electoral system for elections to the National Assembly and the period of hearing and determination of a presidential election petition.

The bill was tabled for first reading in parliament by Justice Minister GIVEN LUBINDA in March this year.

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