22 August 2016

Zambia: Concourt Adjourns Presidential Petition to Tuesday

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President Edgar Lungu and his party supporters (file photo).

The Constitutional Court has adjourned to tomorrow the petition against the election of President Edgar Lungu and his running mate Inonge Wina.

UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and his running mate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba have petitioned the election of President Lungu.

The duo is seeking a declaration that the President Lungu and his running mate were not validly elected and want a declaration of their winning declared null and void.

They are also seeking a declaration that the election was invalid by reason of non compliance with the constitution and also contend that President Lungu did not get 50% of valid votes cast.

Further the complainants contend that the voters' register was not credible and its non availability before the election compromised the transparency of the election.

Hichilema and Mwamba also want an order of a recount, verification and scrutiny of the votes cast in the election to ascertain the real winner.

When the matter came up before the Hildah Chibomba headed Constitutional Court the lawyers for the petitioners made a preliminary application that the ballot papers and other related materials are in the custody of the court until the matter was determined.

On the request of the respondents' lawyers the matter was adjourned to tomorrow as they said they were not served the petition on time.

On the respondent's bench is Bonaventure Mutale, Abuild Shonga and Erick Silwamba among others while Hichilema's team has Vincent Malambo, John Sangwa and Gilbert Tembo as part of their assemblage.

The court will hear the petition within a 14 day period as provided by the constitution.

As a result of the court action the inauguration that was scheduled for tomorrow cannot take place until the matter has been disposed of.

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