The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has appealed to Attorney General, Mumba Malila, to consider withdrawing his appeal against the High Court’s decision to allow former Petauke Central Member of Parliament (MP) Dora Siliya and two others to re-contest by-elections in three constituencies.
FODEP Executive Director, MacDonald Chipenzi, says the 90 days in which the Malambo, Petauke Central and Mulobezi parliamentary by-elections should be held as stipulated by law is almost expiring and thus the need for Mr. Malila to consider withdrawing the appeal so that the by-elections can be held on the scheduled date.
Mr. Chipenzi has told Q Fm in an interview that Judge Mungeni Mulenga did not overstep her boundaries when she issued a global order requiring ECZ to accept the nomination papers from Ms Siliya, former Malambo MP Maxwell Mwale and former Mulobezi MP Hastings Sililo as argued by Mr. Malila.
He notes that the people in the three constituencies have no representatives at the moment and therefore, it is important that the issue of appealing against the High Court’s judgment is reversed.
Mr. Chipenzi observes that the more government procrastinate the holding of the by-elections in the three constituencies, the more they make their way to another loss because they are frustrating the electorates.