Delivering the ruling on behalf of the full bench of Constitutional Court judges, Justice Hildah Chibomba said that President Lungu’s first election in 2015 was merely to finish late President Michael Sata’s five year mandate.
President Lungu was elected on 25th January 2015 and saw out the term of office on September 13, 2016.
The Constitutional Court relied on the provisions of articles 106 sub-article one and article 106 sub-article six of the 2016 constitution.
Justice Chibomba said the said articles could not be read in isolation but in tandem with each other to deliver the full interpretation.
Other parties that co-joined to the proceedings were the Law Association of Zambia and the opposition UPND.
The court had advised that the applicants should have specifically tied President Lungu to the action.
Notably among the applicants Dan Pule of the Christian Democratic Party and Robert Mwanza of the Citizens Democratic Party.
The rest were New Congress Party President Peter Chanda and Zambian Republican Party president Wright Musoma.
The Constitutional ruled that President Lungu’s first election did not amount to a full term as it was less than three years.