The opposition UPND has revealed that it will only file in the presidential election challenging President Edgar Lungu’s victory to Monday next week.
The UPND legal team initially intended to file in the petition a day after President Lungu was declared but later moved it to Thursday before pushing it to tomorrow, Friday.
But UPND legal Adviser Jackie Mwiimbu confirmed in an interview that the party has instead decided to move the filing in to Monday next week.
Mr Mwiimbu said the move was necessitated by the overwhelming amount of evidence of alleged election malpractices that the party has continued to receive.
He said a lot of individuals and organisations have been coming forward to bring evidence to the legal team to further strengthen their case.
Mr Mwiimbu said the UPND is confident that President Lungu’s victory will be over turned based on the evidence to be presented before the constitutional court.
Meanwhile, Veteran retired politician Vernon Mwaanga has said that it is wishful thinking for anyone to say that this year’s general election was free and fair when opposition political parties were denied coverage by the State media.
Mr. Mwaanga said that of all the Elections that he has witnessed, this year’s elections were the worst one owing to the number of challenges the Electoral Commission of Zambia faced.
He has cited the issues of the G12 form, the application of the Public Order Act during campaigns and several irregularities as some of the things that stop the elections from being free and fair.
Mr. Mwaanga stated that it would be an extravagant exaggeration for him to describe the recent elections as free and fair.