Although the Constitutional Court had earlier directed that trial in the election petition would start on Friday, 2nd September 2016, the Court has now directed that trial should begin today.
Lawyers representing President Edgar Lungu had argued that the Constitutional Court should not allow hearing to go beyond the stipulated 14 constitutional days and all hearing should be concluded by 2nd September 2016.
UPND was contending that it should be 14 working days excluding Saturday and Sundays and that the hearing should proceed up-to 8th September 2016.
But the Court has directed both the Petitioners and Respondents lawyers that the petition can only be heard today and up till 23:59 hours tomorrow, Friday, 2nd September 2016.
The Court guided that this matter is one where time cannot be negotiated as all parties and the Court is bound by the Constitutional provisions.
Details about ruling on the deadline of 14 days will be advised later.