The Constitutional Court has ruled that President Edgar Lungu is eligible to contest the 2021 General Elections.
The court in its Judgement says the Presidential tenure from 25th January 2015 to 13th September 2016 does not constitute a full term of office.
The constitutional Court has relied on articles 106 sub-article one and article 106 sub-article six of the 2016 constitution.
The Constitutional Court noted that article 106 sub article three cannot be interpreted in isolation to other articles in the constitution.
Court President Hilda Chibomba sitting with other Constitutional Court judges read the judgement.
She dismissed the arguments by interested parties that President Lungu is not eligible for election as president.
The interested parties were United Party for National Development -UPND and the Law Association of Zambia -LAZ.
Meanwhile the Constitutional Court noted that the applicants must have personalized the matter by attaching President Lungu’s name to the application.
The applicants filed the application by asking the court to determine whether or not President Lungu is eligible to contest the 2021 general elections.
The applicants were Christian Democratic Party President Dan Pule and Citizens Democratic Party President Robert Mwanza.
Others were New Congress Party President Peter Chanda and Zambian Republican Party president Wright Musoma.