LOSING independent candidate for the Livingstone Constituency, Edwin Simwimba, has petition the election of United Party for National Development (UPND)’s Mathews Jere in the Livingstone High Court.
During the recent General Elections, Mr Jere got 27,737 votes beating his closest rival Omar Munsanje of the Patriotic Front (PF) who got 9,990 while Mr Simwimba got 8,204 votes and the remaining votes shared by other seven other candidates.
According to the petition filed in the Livingstone High Court, Mr Jere is the First Respondent to petition while the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) as the Second Respondent.
Mr Simwimba submitted that the election campaigns were characterised with undue influence and violence by UPND members contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Process Act Number 35of 2006.
He said members of the public were intimated by UPND political cadres to vote for the First Respondent (Mr Jere) on the day of elections.
“Members of the public were not free to campaign for candidates of their choice because UPND members constantly threatened to beat or cause harm to them.
“The First Respondent and his agents were seen giving money and food and asking voters to vote for him on August 11, 2016,” the petition reads.
Mr Simwimba said the presiding officer was under duress when he announced the First Respondent as dully elected Member of Parliament after UPND cadres locked them in a room with the Second Respondent, agents, journalists and threatened to burn the building if the results were not announced and not in their favour.
He said UPND members acted violently towards other political parties and that some UPND supporters were seen and heard chanting their slogans on the Election Day but the Second Respondent did not stop them.
Mr Simwimba said on the Elections Day, the First Respondent Political party member marked X on the posters stuck at the polling stations on names only for UPND candidates which was in direct contradiction of the Electoral Code of Conduct of the Electoral Process Act Number 35 of 2006.
“Having stated the above, I respectfully seek the indulgence of the Court to allow my petition and nullify the election of the First Respondent,” Mr Simwimba stated.