Zambia’s main opposition party, the United Party for National Development (UPND) has requested the Constitutional Court to take custody of election materials from the electoral body ahead of a petition they filed challenging the election of president Edgar Lungu. According to the UPND’s application filed on Monday, ballot papers and election materials currently held by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) should be in the custody of the court. The party also sought an injunction to restrain the Electoral Commission from tampering, altering and destroying any election material.
The case is before Constitutional Court President, Justice Hilda Chibomba. Hearing was however adjourned to Tuesday to allow lawyers on the other side to acquaint themselves with the petition.
The UPND led by Hakainde Hichilema who polled 47.67% of the votes in the August polls filed a petition late last week challenging the process that led to the election of president Lungu for a five year term. Lungu was reported to have gotten 50.35% of votes.