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‘Go to court’, Electoral Commission advises Socialist Party to seek legal redress on electoral matters


The Electoral Commission of Zambia has advised the Socialist Party to seek legal redress by petitioning the Local Government Elections Tribunal within seven days of close of nominations.

Socialist Party Secretary-General, Cosmas Musumali, had written a complaint letter to the Commission requesting for fresh nominations in Gwembe District Chisanga Ward and Kabompo District’s Chikenge ward.

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In the response through a letter dated April 15, 2024, Commission Chief Electoral Officer, Brown Kasaro, said seeking legal redress was provided for in Articl 52 (4) of the Constitution.

“We acknowledge receipt of your letter dated April, 12, 2024 which was received on April, 15, 2024 and whose contents whereof have been duly noted,” Kasaro stated.

He said the Commission was unable to proceed as suggested by the Socialist Party in the letter as it was inhibited to do so after close of nominations.

Kasaro stated that this was under regulation 18 (7) of the Electoral process regulations, 206 as read together with Article 52 (4) of the Constitution.

According to a letter dated April, 12, 2024 addressed to the Commission, Musumali narrated how his party candidate for Luangwa District, Kaunga Ward was allegedly kidnapped, among other concerns.

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