FDC Nandala Mafabi on proposed electoral reformsFDC Party Secretary-General Nathan Nandala Mafabi said transporting voters to polling stations during elections should be banned in their proposed electoral reforms
FDC Party Secretary-General Nathan Nandala Mafabi said transporting voters to polling stations during elections should be banned in their proposed electoral reforms. File Photo

FDC seeks a ban on transporting voters to polling stations during elections in their proposed electoral reforms presented before the parliament’s legal committee.

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), in their proposed electoral reforms tabled before parliament’s Legal Committee, proposed a ban on candidates offering lifts to voters at polling stations during elections.

FDC Party Secretary-General, Nathan Nandala Mafabi who presented the reforms before the committee said offering lifts to your neighbours is not allowed unless it’s your own family.

“This friend of mine who has a car is not supposed to put his neighbours at a polling station which is about maybe a half a kilometre away. But if you are carrying your mother, your son, that one is okay? But this business, this one drops then goes back, drops then goes back, it’s very common. So, what we want to do is that if I come with my car drop the people and pack, I don’t need to carry people again,” said Nandala.

FDC General Secretary, Nathan Nandala Mafabi says this kind of restriction will offset voter bribery on polling stations.

FDC adds that incumbents making campaign preparations and promises based on government programs should be banned as well.

In Hon Mafabi’s argument, programs are supposed to be made and delivered by government, not by members of parliament.

However, FDC agreed with NRM on the proposal that seeks discharge of party members 12 months before elections if he/she is to be allowed to run as an independent candidate.

Mafabi in his view says if at all a candidate is not passionate about his party, he/she should seek discharge as early as possible.

Meaning if the candidate is not sure of winning or accepting what the election results will produce he/she should decide early.

More to that FDC want parties to be given powers to withdraw a candidate from the race in case of anything, even after that candidate has been nominated by the electoral commission.