Zambians Gaining Confidence in Elections as Tools for Accountability

Rhoda Chiwele

23 Sep 2015

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"As one of the first post-independence countries in Africa to effect leadership change through peaceful and competitive elections, Zambia has a history of multiparty politics dating back to 1991, when the United National Independent Party (UNIP) party was removed from power by the Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD). After ruling for 20 years, the MMD lost the elections in 2011, and the Patriotic Front (PF) was ushered into power. As elections for president, members of Parliament (MPs), and councillors continue to be conducted every five years, Zambians are becoming increasingly confident in their elections as tools for ensuring that voters’ views are reflected and for holding non-performing officials accountable, a new Afrobarometer survey indicates."