The Constitutional Court has ruled that the main election petition challenging the re-election of Edgar Lungu be heard today up to midnight.
And Concourt has dismissed UPND’s application to refer for interpretation to the High Court the issue of the 14 days for lack of merit.
The UPND was denied the application to refer the 14 days interpretation to the High Court because the High Court is subordinate to the Concourt.
But UPND lawyers have responded that they raised the issues of inflation of the votes because Edgar Lungu challenged them to provide evidence in his answer to the main petition.
Meanwhile, the UPND has applied that ZNBC avails them all 19 Hours news bulletins from May 5 to August 11 because they need to refer to them in their evidence.
The matter has stood down for 5 minutes to enable PF lawyers to respond to the new applications.
Further, the court insists there is not much time because the trial has to be concluded by 23:59 Hours.
And the Law Association of Zambia came in to address the Concourt with a proposition to join the case but the Concourt refused because they did not file the applications formally.
The petitioners have also come up with a fresh application to have the full bench decide on whether the Concourt can allow the UPND to make amendments to the petition before trial proceeds.
The petitioners also want to inspect and make copies of all ECZ election materials in various places.
The Concourt will have to make a ruling of these applications before trial can proceed.