UPND to file in election petition on Friday

IMG_5649The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) is expected to file in its petition†before the Constitutional Court challenging the election of Edgar Lungu to Friday.

It is understood that the move is meant to mobilize more evidence to cement the case against the ECZ and its agents.

Incumbent Lungu was on Monday declared winner after polling 1, 860, 877 while UPNDís Hakainde Hichilema polled 1, 760, 347 votes translating into a 50.3% and 47.6% respectively, results the opposition have disputed.

An ensemble of 14 lawyers will be on the UPND case signalling how much importance the party†attaches to their case.

The UPND alleges the vote was stolen from them through disparities in results transmitted at the polling centres and the national totalling centre being different with another claim of vote stuffing.

According to the amended constitution, an aggrieved party has seven days within which to file their†petition. Once the petition has been filed the Constitutional court will have 14 days within which to dispose of the matter during which time the Speaker of the National Assembly takes over as President in a caretaker role.

Ironically government has announced that the inauguration of the President elect will take place†next Tuesday with preparations underway.

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