The High Court has ruled that the new requirement for political candidates to possess a Grade 12 certificate should be seen as a minimum, not a maximum, requirement. This means that higher qualifications, including any certification awarded by a tertiary institution or educational institution offering skills training, makes a candidate eligible to stand. The new Constitution requires that all MPs and local government councillors must posses a minimum qualification of Grade 12, or equivalent, and the Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ1), on behalf of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ2), has seemingly interpreted this as meaning nothing but a Grade 12 certificate. However, many of the existing politicians do not possess a Grade 12 certificate, although some of them have similar or higher qualifications. The court ruled that ECZ1’s interpretation was arbitrary and inconsistent with the values and principles of the Constitution, arguing that the right to contest an election was constitutional rather than statutory.