The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) has expressed excitement with the judgment from High Judge Dominic Sichinga which has clarified the issue of the Grade 12 Certificate clause in the amended Constitution.
YALI Governance Advisor Isaac Mwanza said with the clarification political parties should now ensure all persons who had been disadvantaged are given time and chance to compete for adoption for nominations to State Office.
YALI also thanked the High Court for being above board.
“YALI wants to heartily thank the Court for rising above board and attaching the urgency to this matter which was going to disadvantage citizens from participating in elections because of some technocrats at the Electoral Commission of Zambia and Examination Council of Zambia who are in the habit of interpreting matters that may be beyond their jurisdiction.
“We believe now the judgement by Judge Sichinga has put to rest the need for anyone to travel from far places to certify their results when it is the duty of the Commission to do so. We also feel the manner in which Judge Sichinga handled the issue of the Grade 12 Clause in a manner that reflects the will of the Zambian peoples ought to be commended,” Mr Mwanza said.
He added “YALI applauds the Attorney General and his Chambers for the candid argument his chambers put up which were meant to advance law development. We have faith in the Attorney General and his chambers that most Constitutional Matters which require their professional thought and guidance will expeditiously be dealt with as they did with the petition before the High Court where their mind had fully been applied to the law itself.
“Once again, want to remind ECZ to avoid the temptation of interpreting the Constitution according to their own understanding but must always allow the rightful authority, which are courts, to provide interpretation,” he said.