By Darius Choonya
President Edgar Lungu has asked the Constitutional Court to dismiss with costs a petition challenging his nomination to contest the August 12 elections.
In his answer to the petitioners , the president says the petition is incompetently before court because his nomination as a presidential candidate is valid as made by the returning officer, Judge Essau Chuulu.
He has also argued that he has not held office twice contrary to what the petitioners are saying because the court in the Danny Pule case already made an interpretation on what constitutes a term of office.
The respondent further says a challenge to his nomination as a presidential candidate predicted on the alleged breach of article 106 (3) of the Constitution is misconceived, untenable and an abuse of the court process.
In this matter, three petitioners namely Legal Resource Foundation Limited, Dr. Sishuwa Sishuwa and Chapter One Foundation are challenging President Lungu’s nomination to contest the election saying it contravenes article 106(3) of the Constitution.
According to the said article, a presidential candidate who has held twice office is not eligible to contest for an election.
The Petitioners are seeking among other reliefs that the court must order the Electoral Commission of Zambia remove all his nomination documents.