PF loses Sesheke parliamentary results petition

The Livingstone high court has dismissed the petition of Sesheke central and upheld the election of Victor Siyanga Siayauya of the UPND as the duly elected Member of Parliament for Sesheke constituency.

This is in a matter in which Mr. Evans Chipman of the PF petitioned the election of Sianga Siyauya of United Party for National Development (UPND) as Sesheke Central Member of Parliament (MP).
In his petition, Mr. Chipman asked the High Court to nullify the election of Mr. Sianga Siyauya contending that the results were not a true reflection of the will of Sesheke people.
Mr. Chipman petitioned Siyanga as the fist respondent, while MMD’s Frank Kufwakwandi who came second was the 2nd respondent with the Electoral Commission of Zambia being the 3rd responded.
Mr. Chipman alleged that the elections in Sesheke were marred with corruption, malpractices ranging from cash handouts by the 1st respondent and his argents and that his face on the ballot papers was not clear.
When passing the judgment in a fully packed courtroom this morning, Judge Justine Chashi said that he has perused and analyzed the evidence submitted before him by both parties and that the onus was on whether the petitioner proved the allegation in accordance with the law.
Judge Chashi said that the petitioner failed to prove the allegations contained in his submission and that most of his evidence was at arms length.
He dismissed the petition and upheld the election of Siyanga as duly elected Member of Parliament for Sesheke saying that the outcome of the election results was a true reflection of the will of people in Sesheke.
And speaking shortly after the judgment, Mr. Chipman said that he would not appeal the matter in the Supreme Court because there was no justice but a joke.
Meanwhile, there was jubilation from UPND members who turned up at the court to give solidarity to their MP who also told journalists that he was overwhelmed with the outcome of the petition.
Mr. Siyanga was being represented by Astridah Kapita of Mwimbu and Company from Lusaka while Mr. Chipman was represented by E.K Mutale from Livingstone.

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