ZAMBIA: FDD CHALLENGES ECZ OVER CAMPAIGN BAN

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OPPOSITION Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) has resolved to take the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to court to challenge the electoral body’s decision to suspend campaigns in Lusaka and Namwala districts for 10 days.
On Saturday, the ECZ, in exercise of its powers under section 28 (2) of the Electoral Process Act No. 35 of 2016, decided to suspend campaigns in the whole of Lusaka and Namwala districts for 10 days with effect from July 9.
But the FDD has contended that Article 28 (2) of the Electoral Process Act No.35 of 2016 which ECZ cited as a legal basis for suspending campaigns in Lusaka and Namwala does not give the electoral body any powers to suspend political campaigns.
Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza said yesterday that what ECZ had done was illegal and that the FDD would seek legal redress in the Constitutional Court today.

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