The Constitutional Court has adjourned the case in which four political parties are seeking an interpretation of President Edgar Lungu’s eligibility to stand in the 2021 Presidential Elections.
Justice Anne Sitali said the Constitutional Court could not hear the matter today (Jan 30th) because it had received copies of complaint to the Judicial Complaints Commission against Concourt President Judge Hilda Chibomba.
Justice Sitali who sat with Concourt Judges Hilda Chibomba, Margaret Munalula, Mugeni Mulenga and Enock Mulembi said the matter had been adjourned until further notice.
She stated that last week on 26th January 2018, the Constitutional Court had received a notice of motion that President Lungu’s eligibility case be heard by a full bench of seven judges.
Before the Concourt today was full representation of all the parties involved in the presidential eligibility case.
Attorney General Likando Kalaluka was in attendance along Solicitor General Abraham Mwansa and Jonas Zimba, Counsel for the PF who are the second respondent.
Also present was State Counsel John Sangwa representing the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) as first Interested Party while Keith Mweemba represented the United Party for National Development (UPND).
Representing himself as the third interested party was Heritage Party leader Godfrey Miyanda.
In its sitting on January 24 this year, Concourt President Judge Hilda Chibomba warned parties involved in the presidential eligibility case to desist from further delaying the matter as the judges were ready to hear the main case.
Four opposition political parties have petitioned the Constitutional Court to determine the interpretation of who is eligible to stand in the 2021 general elections.
The four are Dan Pule of the Christian Democratic Party, Wright Musona of the Zambia Republican Party, Peter Chanda of New Congress Party and Robert Mwanza of the Citizen Democratic Party.
The four are seeking a declaration that President Edgar Lungu is eligible to contest the 20121 Presidential Elections.
They argue that President Lungu who was first elected in January 2015 after the death of President Michael Sata has not served a full term of office as he was in office for just one year 6 months.
They also argue that President Lungu’s first full term begins after he was sworn in on September 13 2016 following his victory in the August polls.
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