THE United Party for National Development (UPND) on Saturday evening filed an urgent Court matter to stop the release of the final results and sought to have 3 officials suspended.
The three officials are the Chief Electoral Officer Priscilla Isaac Mulenga, Deputy IT Director Brown Kasaro and IT Specialist Theresa Phiri.
The Lusaka High Court refused to grant a stay to stop the release of results but set Wednesday next week as a day of inter-party hearing.
The petition against the Electoral Commission of Zambia was filed by Martha Mushipe, Lukona Chambers, and Jack Mwiimbu.
They sought Judicial Review Proceedings on Saturday night.
Earlier in the day the UPND wrote a letter claiming that 3 officers it cited in the letter should be suspended by the Commission. in the letter the party also petitioned the ECZ to stop the transmission of election results electronically.
In a letter to the ECZ signed by secretary-general Stephen Katuka, the UPND sought to stop the transmission of results alleging that they were manipulated by unauthorised people
When the Electoral Commission of Zambia(ECZ) did not respond to their letter, the party sought a court order for a judicial review.
The party also sought to stop the 3 officials to act in their capacity.
The party also sought that the release of results be halted until the petition was heard.
But Judge Florence Lengalenga has allowed by the court to hear the matter but refused to stay or grant an Order to have them leave the Commission.
Judge also refused any Order to stop the release of results.
Judge Lengalenga has stated that their should be no interruption in the release of results.
The ECZ has continued to give and release results to the country.
Meanwhile, Patriotic Front (PF) deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya has wondered why the opposition party is always jittery, especially when results favour the ruling party.
And PF Secretary General Davies Chama has said that it was shocking that the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) is already planning to petition the general elections even before the winner is declared.
Mr Chama said in an interview yesterday that the PF cannot stop the UPND from taking court action over the presidential elections because the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and the ruling party will defend themselves.
“It is unfortunate that someone is already planning that ‘I will go to court’ even before the announcement of final results. We cannot stop them but the courts will look at the merits of the case,” he said
The latest results after 52 constituencies have UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema in the narrow lead with 514,816 and PF candidate Edgar Lungu with 511,386 in the second place. FDD candidate Edith Nawakwi has 7,440
THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has dismissed reports circulating on social media that director Priscilla Isaac has been suspended.
ECZ spokesperson Crispin Akufuna said in an interview yesterday that contrary to the reports, Ms Isaac remains at the helm of the commission.
“You saw her didn’t you? If she was suspended, she would not have been here