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Mpombo’s political battle ahead of 2016 elections

The conviction of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President George Mpombo by Lusaka High Court implies that he cannot contest the 2016 elections either as a parliamentarian or republican president until after five years.

Former Defense Minister George Mpombo

Former Defense Minister George Mpombo

According to article 34 (3) (e) states “a person shall be qualified to be candidate for election as President if he is qualified to be elected as a member of the National Assembly,” while Article 65 spells out some of the disqualifications for anyone intending to be a member of the National Assembly which includes conviction and/or serving a sentence of imprisonment for a criminal offence before the nomination which applies now to Mr. Mpombo.

Mr. Mpombo has automatically been knocked out of the 2016 elections contest going by the provisions of Article 65 (c) and (f) while the electoral Act No. 12 of 2006 also puts voting restrictions on convicts.

Article 65(c) and (f) of the Current constitution states, “a person shall not be elected as a member of the National Assembly if that person is under a sentence of imprisonment by whatever name called, imposed on him by such a court or substitute by a competent authority for some other sentence imposed on him by such a court” while clause (f) of the current constitution which states that “a person shall not be elected as a member of the National Assembly if that person, within a period of five years before his nomination for election, has served a sentence of imprisonment for a criminal offence.”
Section 19 of the Electoral Act No. 12 of 2006 “no person shall be entitled to vote at a direct election who – (a) has been convicted of any corrupt practice or illegal practice within a period of five years preceding that election.”

Mr. Mpombo have an uphill political battle ahead of him because his conviction and sentence falls within the five years stipulated both in the constitution and electoral Act and are complete after the 2016 elections. This means that his political ambition can be revived after 2016 tripartite elections.

Though what has befallen Mr. Mpombo is extremely sad, perhaps can serve as lesson to all politicians especially those currently serving that what happened to Mr. Mpombo may also happen to them after they leave public offices if the management and utilization of public funds is not approached with fear and respect.

McDonald Chipenzi
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

FOUNDATION FOR DEMOCRATIC PROCESS

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October 6, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Mr. Mpombo was released from prison on December 25th, 2014 through a presidential pardon by Acting President Guy Scott.
    – Admin

    Comment by kbwhighway | January 6, 2015 | Reply


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