THE number of losing parliamentary candidates that have petitioned the Lusaka High Court alleging electoral malpractices has risen to 70.
Among the latest notable petitioners include losing Chongwe UPND candidate Sylvia Masebo, who is challenging PF’s Japhen Mwakalombe.
Mulenga Sata, who stood in Kabwata on the UPND ticket, has petitioned Given Lubinda’s election while Emmanuel Munaile has petitioned the election of former mines minister Christopher Yaluma for Malole Constituency.
Former Lusaka deputy mayor Portipher Tembo, who contested the Chawama seat on the UPND ticket, is challenging PF’s Lawrence Sichalwe.
Chipangali losing candidate Champion Tembo has petitioned the election of former sports minister Vincent Mwale while Kasalwe Cheswa is challenging PF’s David Mabumba’s election in Mwense Constituency.
On Monday, 29 losing parliamentary candidates had lodged in their petitions, among them, losing Lusaka Central UPND candidate Charlotte Scott, who is challenging the election of PF’s Margaret Mwanakatwe, while former defence minister Richwell Siamunene is challenging the election of UPND’s Gift Sialubalo for Sinazongwe Constituency.
Former home affairs minister Davies Mwila, who is PF losing candidate for Chipili, is challenging Lewis Chabi, while Austin Liato has sought the nullification of UPND’ s Sitwala Sitwala’s Kaoma seat.
PF’s Steven Masumba of Mufumbwe is challenging UPND’s Elliot Kamondo, while Sibongile Mwamba (UPND) has taken on PF’s winning candidate Kelvin Sampa in Kasama Central.
Others that have petitioned include Shiwang’andu UPND candidate Elias Mubanga who is challenging the re-election of PF’s Stephen Kampyongo, Mongu Central PF candidate Joseph Mulyata, Kanyama UPND losing candidate Samuel Mwale and Petauke Central losing candidate Mike Tembo