The Value of Elections to the Zambian voter

The findings at a glance:

  • Almost six of 10 Zambians (59%) say elections function well in enabling voters to remove leaders who do not do what the people want. This proportion has nearly doubled from 30% in 2005.
  • More than half (51%) say elections ensure that MPs reflect the views of voters, an increase from 29% in 2005.
  • A majority (59%) perceive the 2011 elections as “completely free and fair,” and an additional 20% say they “free and fair, but with minor problems.”
  • A plurality of Zambians say that voters are never threatened with violence and a quarter said they are never bribed and a third said that votes are always counted fairly.

Graph: Voting in elections is something good citizens should do

Respondents were asked : For each of the following actions, please tell me whether you think it is something a good citizen in a democracy should always do, never do, or do only if they choose: Vote in elections.

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