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Electoral body submits that it acted constitutionally over ex-President Lungu’s nomination papers in 2021


The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has submitted to Court that it acted within the confines of the Constitution when it accepted nomination papers for Edgar Lungu in 2021.

In this matter, a Lusaka resident, Michelo Chizombe, petitioned the Constitutional Court to declare Lungu ineligible to contest future elections.

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Chizombe further wants the Court to declare that ECZ contravened the constitution when it allowed Lungu on the 2021 ballot.

The former leader, ECZ and Attorney-General appeared as respondents respectively.

Chief Electoral Officer, Brown Kasaro, submitted that the Commission followed all requisite laws during the processing of the nominations and did not violet any provisions of the law or constitution during that process.

“I believe that in the performance of its functions the second respondent is guided by the relevant Electoral laws which,amongst others, include the constitution of Zambia (amendment) Act no.2 of 2016, Electoral Process Act no.35 of 2016 and Regulations promulgated thereunder,” he said.

Kasaro contended article 52 (2) of the constitution (amendment) Act no.2 of 2016,obligates ECZ v either accept or reject nomination papers filed by a candidate wishing to contest for Presidential elections.

He stated that Article 52 also provided the channel to challenge the nomination.

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