Judgement for by elections judicial review set for September 4th
LUSAKA High Court Judge Mungeni Mulenga has set September 4 as the date for judgement in a matter in which former Petauke Central member of Parliament (MP) Dora Siliya and two others have been granted leave to commence judicial review.
This follows the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ)’s decision to bar Ms Siliya, Maxwell Mwale and Hastings Sililo from contesting parliamentary by-elections.
Justice Mulenga came up with the date yesterday in chambers after both parties made their submissions in the matter.
Justice Mulenga said the ruling on whether the Patriotic Front (PF) should be allowed to join the judicial review involving the three disqualified candidates for Petauke Central, Malambo and Mulobezi parliamentary seats had been set for August 3 this year.
This is in a case in which the trio – Ms Siliya, UPND’s aspiring candidates for Malambo Mr Mwale Malambo and Hastings Sililo for Mulobezi constituencies – respectfully contended the decision by the ECZ to bar them from filing their nomination papers.
The trio was then granted leave to commence judicial review proceedings in the matter to hear their oral submissions.
The filing of nominations which was scheduled for August 5 this year was postponed indefinitely until the matter was disposed off.
Ms Siliya, Mr Mwale and Mr Sililo filed for judicial review asking the court to quash the decision of the ECZ to disqualify them from filing nominations.
The trio was also asking for an order of prohibition retraining the ECZ from barring them from filing their nomination papers.
In response, Attorney General Mumba Malila has asked the Lusaka High Court to dismiss the action by the three opposition parliamentary aspiring candidates in Petauke Central, Malambo and Mulobezi constituencies.