Ensure free and fair elections, ECZ urged.

The National Restoration Party (NAREP) has called on the judiciary in the country to play an active role in ensuring free and fair elections later this year.

NAREP Secretary General John Phiri has told Qfm that the fact the judiciary has been at the center of controversy in the elections aftermath calls for urgent improvement in the way they handle election related cases.

Mr. Phiri says as the final institution for conflict resolution, the judiciary should strive to ensure that any disputes that may arise after the forthcoming elections are dealt with in a manner that does not arouse discontent among political players.

And Mr. Phiri has called on the Electoral Commission of Zambia chairperson justice Irene Mambilima to put the ECZ’s house in order to avoid complaints of foul play after the polls.

The opposition party leader adds that Justice Mambilima has enough experience after being at the helm of the country’s electoral body in the 2006 general elections.

He says this time around Zambians expect an improved and more transparent electoral commission ahead of the polls.