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FORMER Kabushi Member of Parliament Bowman Lusambo and his Kwacha counterpart Joseph Malanji have petitioned the Constitional Court to declare that the decision to bar them from filing their nominations is nullified and void.

In a petition filed in the Concourt this morning,  Mr Lusambo and Mr Malanji also want the court to order that they are eligible to contest the September 15 by-election.

The duo also want the court to rule that the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has no jurisdiction to interpret any clauses in the Constitution.

“We are advised by counsel that the decision of the Constitution itself has prescribed the powers of the court as well as the mandate of the ECZ.

Yesterday,  ECZ announced that it was not going to accept nominations from candidates that caused a vacancy in the National Assembly.

However,  the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has said the decision by the Constitutional Court only nullified the seats of Mr Lusambo and Mr Malanji, but did not disqualify them from re-contesting.

Meanwhile, United Party for National  Development (UPND) candidate Bernard Kanengo has successfully filed his nominations.

Mr Kanengo pledged to conduct peaceful campaigns.

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