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Artists, youths search Chief Justice Irene Mambilima intervention of their slowed swimsuit towards ECZ

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MUSICIANS and teens have written to Chief Justice Irene Mambilima inquiring for that the topic wherein they have got sued the Electoral Commission of Zambia over voter registration be handled with utmost urgency.

Fumba Chama popularly referred to as Pilato, Brian Bwembya referred to as B-flow, Michael Zulu referred to as Miako and teens Nawa Sitali and Muleta Kapatiso worry that their lawsuit towards the electoral frame could be overtaken by means of occasions because the duration wherein citizens are to be registered is restricted to at least one month.

The 5 on behalf of alternative voters are looking for judicial overview over the ECZ’s resolution to discard the previous voter check in and to habits contemporary registration of citizens inside of one month on a restricted finances.

They say ECZ has no authority to deregister registered citizens with the exception of the place a voter does now not qualify or now not meets the {qualifications} for registration.

They are looking for an order that the verdict of ECZ to compel duly registered citizens to offer themselves prior to registration officials for verification underneath a brand new check in for the 2021 common elections as a situation to take part within the ballot quantities to de-registering them with out understand and following laid down process, which is opposite to the legislation.

In a letter dated September 24, 2020 addressed to Chief Justice Mambilima, the 5 say as voters, they really feel they have got a proper and responsibility to give a contribution to just right governance, human rights and social neatly being of all other people.

Chama and others stated they commenced an motion towards the Electoral Commission of Zambia as they strongly famous that the present citizens registration workout would disentranchise numerous Zambians and that such was once now not allowed by means of the legislation.

“Most importantly, we brought this action in the courts of law based on our individual and collective desire to see to it that important questions of governance are addressed by our courts.
We filed our case on September 11, 2020, despite the matter being extremely urgent it took some time to allocate the matter,” learn the letter in portions.

“11 days later on September 21, 2020, our mater was supposed to be heard, however, it was adjourned due to the fact that the judge was in self-isolation as she had been in contact with a person exposed to COVID-19. We understand that we are living in uncertain times with the COVID-19 pandemic and as such we wish the judge, a well and quick recovery in the event that she caught the infection. In this light, we wish to express our sincere concern that while we understand the public health reasons for isolation, this may lead to delay in the determination of a matter which is urgent and should be of interest to every Zambian.”

Chama and his colleagues mentioned that their concern was once to be sure that their case was once now not overtaken by means of occasions making an allowance for the time frame set for the
registration, on grounds that the topic touches at the proper to vote for each Zambian, and it was once an obtrusive precedence.

The stated they noticed it are compatible for the electoral frame to transparent the air on controversy surrounding the electoral procedure prior to continuing with the 2021 common and presidential elections.

“It is our desire to ensure that we enter into an election year without so many unresolved issues surrounding the electoral process. In this regard, the speedy resolution of this and other like matters is urgent to ensure a smooth election period. We have a chance to develop our democracy and tell the world how mature we are, hence, no matter the outcome, at least the matter can be treated with the time sensitivity that the subject demands,” reads the letter.

“It is not our place to request or ask you to act according to our wishes but you agree that this matter requires urgent attention as such if the judge allocated to deal with our case is in isolation, shouldn’t the matter be reallocated in view of the urgency?”