The Lusaka High Court has nullified the parliamentary election of Minister of Higher Education, Professor Nkandu Luo as Member of Parliament for Munali Constituency in Lusaka Province following the petition of UPND Parliamentary Candidate for Munali Constituency, Mrs. Doreen Mwamba.
Judge Edward Musona of Ndola High Court sitting in Lusaka nullified the election of the Patriotic Front (PF) candidate, Prof. Luo for electoral irregularities and malpractice.Judge Musona cited electoral irregularities and rampant acts of violence as reason for nullification of the Munali seat.
Judge Edward Musona nullified the election on the following grounds:
1) Failure by the ECZ officials to properly handle the electoral process
2) Judge Musona ruled that Professor Luo, had an undue advantage in the election because she was a serving Minister at the time of election.The Constitutional Court had ruled Ministers pay back to the treasury the monies they had accrued during that period.
UPND president Hakainde Hichilema said the nullification of Munali Constituency and others clearly shows what the UPND have been saying that their votes were stolen mostly in Lusaka and Copperbelt as the electoral body delayed to announce the results from these places.
Mr.Hichilema said that he wishes to inform fellow citizens, that this was the reason the Constitutional Court did not want to hear the UPND and eventually see the evidence of electoral malpractices across the country, that included the uneven campaign atmosphere.
The UPND president said even as recently as last week, UPND votes in Mushindamo District had to be reversed after the ECZ officials initially declared the PF candidate as the winner when infact the UPND candidate had won.
“That is exactly what we wanted the ECZ to do in August to first verify the results before declaring a winner, but they refused,”he said.
“Fellow citizens, kindly note that we are again in court this afternoon at 14:00 hours on issues relating to our rights to be heard regarding the presidential petition.On my own behalf and indeed on behalf of the people of Munali and you also who voted for us in large numbers, I say thank you, “Mr Hichilema concluded.