United Party for National Development (UPND) has successfully filed in a Presidential petition at the constitutional court in Lusaka this afternoon.
The UPND legal team filed in the petition this afternoon at the Supreme Court.
This morning, the court grounds were full of riot police in anticipation that hundreds of UPND cadres would accompany the legal team to file in the petition.
However, police officers later dispersed after it became apparent that the UPND had postponed the filing in on Monday next week.
When the legal team finally appeared at the Supreme Court grounds, the event passed off quietly without any commotion from party cadres and the police.
In the petition, the UPND states that President-Elect Edgar Lungu was fraudulently elected and as such his presidency elect status must be nullified.
The petition further states that there is need for a recount of the total votes cast across the country due to numerous irregularities that were gathered before, during and after the elections.
And the petition stipulates that President-elect Edgar Lungu and his running mate Inonge Wina must not be sworn in as dully elected, citing their allowance of cabinet minister’s stay in office even if the constitution did not permit.
The petitioners of the presidential elections are Mr Hakainde Hichilema, UPND President and his running mate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba.
According to the Constitution, under the constitutional court any presidential election that is said to be fraudulent with indisputable evidence must be nullified.
The constitution further states that once a petition is filed in by the claimants of victory for presidency, the Constitutional court must allow for a speaker or chief justice to act as President.