ECZ to proceed with Zambezi west bye-election despite PF court manoeuvres

The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) says the Patriotic Front’s (PF’s) application in the Supreme Court to stay the Zambezi West by-election cannot stop the election from proceeding.

On Tuesday, PF Zambezi West losing candidate Christabel Ngimbu asked the Supreme Court to stay the by-election until determination of an appeal against the judgment which allowed former member of Parliament Charles Kakoma.

But ECZ public relations manage Cris Akufuna said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that an application cannot stop the election from proceeding but the commission can halt the poll if the Supreme Court orders for them to be stayed.

“We are going ahead with the election because what compels is the ruling of the court and what is in court at the moment is just an application. So that does affect us,” Mr Akufuna said.

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