LAZ Press Statement on the Law Association of Zambia’s Position on the Issues Arising From The 2016 Presidential Petition

The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has noted the public anxiety and concern over the events surrounding the 2016 presidential petition and the performance of the Constitutional Court. We also note the public’s confusion at the various interpretations of the Constitution on how a presidential petition may be conducted. As the public is well aware, the amendments made to the Constitution are very recent having only come into effect on 5th January 2016 and therefore the different interpretations of its provisions have yet to be tested and finally determined in a court of law. LAZ had welcomed the fact that the first ever presidential petition following the constitutional amendments would have given the country the opportunity to create judicial precedents that would guide and instruct the nation on how such issues can be resolved in the future without the need for further recourse to the courts. LAZ believes that it is unfortunate that the issues raised in the presidential petition were not heard and finally determined by the Constitutional Court on the merits.

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