Dora Siliya duly-elected, Rules Court
THERE was jubilation at the Lusaka High Court yesterday characterised by singing, dancing and ululating after the Lusaka High Court Judge Charles Kajimanga declared MMD Petauke Member of Parliament (MP) Dora Siliya as the duly-elected MP for the constituency after he found no merit to the electoral malpractices labelled against her victory.
And Ms Siliya described the dismissal of the petition election by Patriotic Front and United Party for National Development (UPND) losing candidates Leonard Banda and Cuthbert Phiri as a victory to the judiciary which she said was a corner stone of democracy.
Mr Justice Kajimanga dismissed the petition against Ms Siliya on grounds that the allegations lacked merit and as such, no reasonable tribunal would nullify the seat under the given evidence as adduced by Mr Banda and Mr Phiri.
Mr Banda and Mr Phiri had asked the court to nullify Ms Siliya’s election to Parliament alleging that she engaged in malpractices and abuse of government resources to win votes from the electorate.
But Mr Justice Kajimanga said he found no merit in the allegations because the petitioners failed to prove their allegations to a high degree of clarity.
“On the whole of the evidence the petitioners have not proved the allegations to the degree of clarity and no reasonable tribunal can nullify an election based on the evidence adduced before court.
This petition lacks merit and I hereby dismiss it and declare that Honourable Dora Siliya was duly-elected,” he said.
[Times of Zambia]