Reacting to the proposal by the Electoral Commission of Zambia to increase the number of parliamentary seats from the current 150 to 235 in view of the creation of new districts in the country, Dr Mpombo says such an undertaking is costly and tall order.
Dr. Mpombo has told Qfm News in an interview that his party’s disagreement with the ECZ over its proposal is also based on the fact that space in the Parliament building is too small to accommodate such a number of lawmakers, unless there are plans of expanding the House.
Dr. Mpombo says he is also of the view that most of the newly created Districts in the country are none functional and that spending taxpayers’ money on increasing the number of constituencies will be as bad as putting money in a dry hole.
But the opposition Alliance has described as timely the proposal by the ECZ to increase the number of constituencies in the country.
Alliance Coordinator Frank Bwalya has told Qfm News in a separate interview that this is because people have been complaining of walking long distances to access polling stations during elections and the challenge that Members of Parliament have to meet people in their vast constituencies.
Fr. Bwalya however says there is need for people in the country to look at the cost implication of increasing the number of constituencies in the country.