The Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) says there is need for a serious, robust, honest and open discussion on proposed electoral law reforms to be implemented this year.
The grouping feared the proposed reforms may face distractions from political parties come next year.
HRCC executive director Robert Mkwezalamba told The Nation in an interview that the electoral law reforms may not be implemented as prospective candidates would want to resist changes to safeguard and consolidate power.
The sentiments come in the wake of calls by the European Union (EU) for the country to spearhead electoral reforms by tabling the Electoral Reforms Bill in Parliament, emphasising that the reforms are critical, especially at a time when the country is preparing for the 2019 Tripartite Elections.
Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu has since pledged commitment to bringing the bills to Parliament in November when the House sits. n