Chief Government spokesperson Dora Siliya says government is pleased that the Constitutional Court has ably interpreted what constitutes a Presidential term and that President Edgar Lungu qualifies to contest the Presidency in 2021.
In a statement released to the media welcoming the welcoming the ruling, Ms. Siliya said that the Constitutional Court President Hildah Chibomba said the ruling by the seven Judges was unanimous.
Ms Siliya further said that the decision of the Constitutional Court is final and cannot, therefore, be appealed against, adding that electioneering should be put to rest now until the right time comes.
“For now, let us all unite and work hard for the prosperity of our country,” concluded the statement
Yesterday the Constitutional Court today that President Lungu was eligible to stand in 2021. According to the Constitutional Court, a period could only be regarded as a Presidential term if it is three or more years.
President Lungu was elected in office in 2015 after the demise of President Michael Sata whose term should have ended in 2016. President Lungu ruled for a year and six months before the 2016 elections, therefore, according to the current Republican Constitution, that period would not have counted as a term and that President Lungu will not be breaching the Republican Constitution when he stands in 2021.