ZAMBIA: FDD DRAGS ECZ TO COURT

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THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) must not punish innocent political parties over the violence that has resulted in the unnecessary loss of life by banning campaigns in Lusaka and Namwala districts, says the Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD).
This is in a petition filed before the Constitutional Court by the FDD national secretary Nathan Mulonga and party spokesperson Antonio Mwanza.
The petitioners have argued that the directive to suspend campaigns in Lusaka and Namwala was β€œin contravention of section 60 (3) (b) as read together with section 110 (2) of the Constitution by punishing both the alleged perpetrators and the plaintiffs who are victims of violence.”
Therefore, the FDD has asked the courts to declare the directive to suspend campaigns as unconstitutional, null and void, and β€œa declaration that section 28 of the Electoral Process Act No 35 of 2016 does not empower the respondent to suspend campaigning, hence its decision is illegal.”

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