Chinsali deputy mayor petitions Concourt over elections

By Staff Reporter

 

CHINSALI deputy mayor Martin Chitondo has petitioned the Constitutional Court to interpret the law on his eligibility to recontest his position in the forthcoming deputy mayor and council chairperson’s elections.

According to a petition filed in Constitutional Court registry, Chitondo has sued Attorney General Likando Kalaluka.

He says he decided to petition the court as a result of the report which Local government minister Vincent Mwale issued, stating that current serving deputy mayors and council chairpersons were not eligible to contest in the council elections scheduled for February 22.

He says by a letter dated January 23,  the acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Housing Numeral Banda wrote to the town clerks and council secretaries of city, municipal and district councils notifying them to hold elections of deputy mayors and vice Council chairpersons pursuant to Section 17 of the Local Government (Amendment) Act No. 6 of 2010 on February 22, 2019.

And Chitondo says on February 4, 2019, through the Zambia Daily Mail, there was an article attributed to Mwale in which it was reported that current serving deputy mayors and vice council chairpersons were not eligible to recontest their positions in the upcoming elections.

Chitondo submits that it was against that background that he sought the interpretation of the relevant statutes so as to test the legality of the impending elections and his eligibility to recontest his position.

He says the interpretation of the law by the court will not prejudice the State in any way, saying that the interest of justice will beat be served.