Opposition UPND President Hakainde Hichilema says his party has enough evidence to make the Constitutional Court overturn the election of President Edgar Lungu.
And the UPND has written to the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Attorney General’s Chambers to advise President Lungu to step aside following the successful filing of the presidential petition.
In an interview, Mr Hichilema said the party has sued President Lungu, his running mate Inonge Mutukwa Wina and the Electoral Commission in line with Article 101 and 102 of the amended constitution.
He said the UPND has credible evidence to show that President Lungu’s election victory was marred with glaring irregularities and full of malpractice.
Mr Hichilema stated that evidence will show that there is no way the election could be qualified as credible, free and fair.
He said the UPND would not have gone to the Constitutional Court if it did not have sufficient evidence to prove that the election was stolen.
Mr Hichilema said the UPND is not bothered by some observers and election monitors including the international community who made preliminary assessments that the election was credible.
“We are not concerned by the statements from the UN or the observers because we have not sued the UN. We have sued the ECZ because it was a culprit. It aided the PF to steal the people’s will. We know that the Electoral Process Act was violated and this is what we will prove in this petition,” Mr Hichilema said.
He said most of the observers based their assessment on the conduct of the process on voting day without taking into account activities before and after the voting day.
“Some of these observers only monitored two out of thousands of ballot papers so their assessments do not concern us at all. We are concerned with the conduct of the elections by the Commission,” he said.
Mr Hichilema said although voting day was conducted in a peaceful manner, most of the malpractices occurred during the totalling and transmission of results.