Referendum flop saddens NGOCC

The Non-Governmental Organizations’ Coordinating Council NGOCC is deeply saddened by the failure of the National Referendum on the enhanced bill of rights.

NGOCC Board Chairperson Sara Longwe says that the outcome of the results of the referendum do not come as a surprise.

In a statement availed to Breeze News, Ms. Longwe says that this is because NGOCC was opposed to the holding of the two national processes together as the outcome would be affected by the politicization of the national referendum.

She says that the national referendum was bound to fail because of the highly partisan charged environment of the general elections.

Ms Longwe states that an important exercise like the national referendum, which is not a partisan issue, should have been held separately.

And NGOCC has demanded that the government should soon constitute a small expert team to address some of the unclear provisions in the Bill of Rights.

Ms Longwe says that this include those negatively affecting women and children such as Articles 24, 26, 29, 31, 35 and 45.




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