Presidential candidate should not be above 75, death penalty retained

The National Constitution Convention voted to retain the death sentence which is in clause (3) of Article 28 of the First Draft Constitution while in another case, they voted to adopt amendments to paragraph (e) of clause (2) of Article 153, clause (2) of the FDC to raise the minimum academic qualification of a person to qualify to be a candidate for election as speaker of the National Assembly from grade 12 to First University Degree or its equivalent.

While on the qualifications and disqualification for nomination for election of the Presidential candidates, the national convention adopted through voting the thematic group’s recommended that paragraph (1) of the FDC be amended to include a limitation to 75 years on the age for a person to qualify to be nominated as candidate for election as president.

This means that Presidential candidates should not be above 75 years of age to contest election for presidency.

On Sunday, the convention debated at length on all the four contentious clauses and conducted an acclamation vote on each clause but failed to come up with the resolution leaving the chairperson, Prof Mwanalushi, with only one option of calling for a secret ballot
which was deferred to yesterday after consideration of all resolutions from thematic working groups.

On the same day, Sunday, the convention resolved to add a new paragraph to the preamble of the First Draft Constitution to recognize Freedom Fighters for their vital role in the liberation of the country from colonial masters.

And the convention which started sitting on Wednesday, April 10, 2013
officially closed yesterday after concluding all its business.

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