Domesticate African Charter on Democracy, Elections & Governance, parliamentarians told

By ZBC Reporter

Parliamentarians have been urged to take a leading role in the domestication of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.

Parliamentarians under portfolio committees linked to local governance this Monday converged in Kariba for a capacity-building workshop on the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.

Facilitator of the programme, constitutional law expert, Dr James Tsabora spoke on the benefits of ratifying the charter.

“We participated in the formation of the charter with the hope of incorporating the standards. It’s a charter with very good standards on election laws, democracy, media laws and governance so when we incorporate these standards into our laws we are enriching our laws.”

Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Medenda rallied his colleagues to spearhead the lobbying for the expeditious ratification of the charter.

“We dare to shirk from this responsibility as the constitution obligated us which resonates with the avowed objections and principles of the charter.”

Parliamentarians from across the political divide joined the discourse, giving their perceptions on the strides the country has made in upholding democratic values.

“There are positive changes especially when you look at universal suffrage,” said Hon Mary Mliswa.

The Charter advocates for strict adherence to the principles and universal values of democracy and human rights through respect for the rule of law, the conduct of periodic, credible, fair and transparent elections and the rejection of an unconstitutional change of government.