Tuesday, June 18, 2024

By-elections date announcement null and void – Sinkamba

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Opposition Green Party President Peter Sinkamba says until the court gives its judgement on the pending cases pertaining to the for the Kwacha and Kabushi parliamentary by-elections, the election date set by the Electoral Commission of
Zambia is null and void.

Mr. Sinkamba says although the decision will enable the electorate in the two constituencies to have representation in Parliament, it would have been better for the commission to set the polling date after the court judgement on Thursday.

The opposition leader in an interview felt that the Commission’s decision to announce the election date was illegal as it seems not to have adhered to the court judgment that stayed the election in the first place.

“We are in total disregard of what ECZ has announced, this matter is in court for guidance on how it should proceed so unless we get
guidance from the court whatever ECZ is talking about is in vain, proper directives on how to proceed will be made by the court
tomorrow,” he said.

The opposition leader and others decided to take the matter to court in order to help the electorate in the said two constituencies not to lose
representation in parliament for the next four years.

That is if elections are not held within 90 days from the time the two seats were nullified as well as to have the two disqualified candidates heard by the court.

And United Party for National Development (UPND) Kitwe District Chairman Shadreck Chataba said the ruling party was ready for the
polls.

He expressed confidence that the party will carry the day because it has done its homework in terms of campaigning.

“We are ready for the elections and we are very confident of winning come rain, come sunshine because we have engaged all the electorates
in all the Kwacha constituency wards, so we are ready for the election on any date to face any candidate,” He said.

Yesterday the Electoral Commission of Zambia announced that the Kwacha and Kabushi parliamentary by-elections will be held on the 21st
October, 2022.

The Election was earlier stayed by the High Court to allow the court decide in a matter that Mr. Malanji and Mr. Lusambo sought
clarification on their eligibility to recontest their seats after their nomination papers were rejected by the Electoral Commission of
Zambia.

According to the announcement by ECZ, the Kwacha and Kabushi parliamentary by-elections will go ahead without fresh nominations.

9 COMMENTS

    • You are very right. HH is a very dangerous President. Does he really understand the dangerous precedent he is setting?

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  1. YOU HAVE MISSED TE POINT. SINKAMBA IS NOT OUR CONSITITUTION AND THEREFORE YOU CANT FOOLLLOOW WHAT SINKAMBA SAYS IN THS CASE! Just follow what tthee constitution says.. if you respect te rule of law..

  2. YOU HAVE MISSED TE POINT. SINKAMBA IS NOT OUR CONSITITUTION AND THEREFORE YOU CANT FOOLLLOOW WHAT SINKAMBA SAYS IN THS CASE! Just follow what tthee constitution says.. if you respect te rule of law..

  3. The two PF independents will resign again before 21st October and force another cancellation of the bye elections,my suspicion. Remember these are just plants of the rejected PF. I think the way forward is to allow the two former MPs who are not even popular to stand and just wire them by the ballot

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