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UPND wants court to allow political rallies, claims decision by ECZ to ban rallies is illegal

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THE United Party for National Development (UPND) wants the Ndola High Court to stay the decision by Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to ban campaign rallies as the decision is illegal.

Last week, ECZ suspended the holding of political rallies to curb the spread of COVID-19, a move which has received divergent views from stakeholders.

And in a petition filed in the registry against ECZ and the attorney general and seen by Mwebantu, UPND secretary general Batuke Imenda contends the court to quash the decision of ECZ to ban the campaign rallies during campaign period leading to the General Elections scheduled on August 12.

‘It is a notorious fact that public schools, churches and bars are still very much open with members of the public mingling with each other at various gatherings such as funerals subject to observing the COVID 19 guildlines published by the relevant authorities, ” she said

He claims that ECZ has further abrogated its responsibility under television, radio and print media for the benefit of all participating political parties and independent candidates for the forthcoming national polls.

Mr Imenda said ECZ has abrogated its responsibility under section 8 of the Electoral of Code of Conduct by ignoring to precribe the amount of airtime in any given language on public television, radio, and electronic media to be allocated to all the participating political parties and independent candidates.

He further contends that the incumbent President, Edgar Lungu, vice President Inonge Wina and his running mate Professor Nkandu Luo have been holding rallies and other public meetings under the guise of inspecting development projects in various parts of the country.

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Police arrest man for pulling down and destroying campaign materials belonging to PF

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POLICE in Lusaka have arrested a 23 year old man for pulling down and destroying campaign materials belonging to the Patriotic Front Mandevu aspiring Member of Parliament.

In a media  statement issued,  Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said Joseph Sakala of angels area,  Kabanana compound has been detained in police custody awaiting court appearance.

“This is reported to have occured on 11th June, 2021 at 16 30 hours in Chazanga Compound at Angel’s Clinic,” Mrs Katongo said.

She further reminded  all political party sympathizers to avoid destroying other political party campaign materials as the act is criminal.

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ConCourt throws out petition challenging the nomination of running mates

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THE Constitutional Court has thrown out a petition which was challenging the nominations of running mates for lack of merit.

The court said the running mates are not supposed to pay nomination fees and also provide 100 supporters because they are merely invited by the party presidents.

Researcher and lecturer at UNZA Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa and Lusaka lawyer Alfred
Kanda petitioned 16 running mates to the Presidential candidates for political parties, seeking the nullification of their nominations because they do not meet the conditions set by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) when filing in nomination
papers.

Those challenged are President Edgar Lungu’s running mate Professor Nkandu Luo, UPND’s Mutale Nalumango and running mates for all political parties taking part in this year’s elections.

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President Edgar Lungu is eligible to stand as President in the August Elections, ConCourt declares

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THE Constitutional Court has declared that President Edgar Lungu is eligible to contest the August 12 General Elections.

This is the third time the Constitutional Court is ruling that President Lungu is eligible to stand as President.

Delivering the abridged majority judgment, judge Anne Sitali declared that President Lungu was entitled to contest the elections as he has not twice held office.

She said Article 106 does not bar President Lungu from participating in the election this year.

“The first respondent’s nomination is valid and he is entitled to stand for election on August 12, 2021.

The petitions have no merit and each party to bear own costs,” judge Sitali said.
However, one of the Constitutional Court judges, Professor Margaret Munalula, indicated that she had a dissenting judgment which she will deliver on June 30.

Legal Resources Foundation (LRF), Chapter One Foundation and University of Zambia (UNZA) researcher and lecturer Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa, through their lawyers John Sangwa and Linda Kasonde, argued that President Lungu already held office as President twice and that he was therefore, not eligible to stand in the forthcoming elections.

President Lungu was represented by Bonaventure Mutale, Eric Silwamba, Joseph Jalasi, Sakwiba Sikota and Lubinda Linyama while Attorney General Likando Kalaluka appeared for the State.

(PICTURE: FILE)

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12 Jun 2021, 11:14 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

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