PF petitions Livingstone bye-lection results

The PF has filed a petition against the election of Livingstone UPND area member of parliament Reverend Howard Sikwela, citing twenty-one incidents of electoral malpractice.

According to the petition filed in the Livingstone High Court through Abraham Mwansa of AMC Legal Practitioners, PF losing candidate Joseph Akafumba, who polled 8,318 against Rev Sikwela’s 11,979 claims that the burning of the PF chitenge material prior to the nominations symbolised early violence during the run-up to the by-election.

“The election was characterised by widespread undue influence, intimidation, violence and electoral malpractice by Rev Sikwela and his agents contrary to sections 78,81 to 86 and 93 of the Electoral Act No 12 of 2006 and the Electoral Code of Conduct number 52 of 2011,” Akafumba stated.

He added in his petition that contrary to the declaration by the returning officer that Rev Sikwela was duly elected, he was not so legally andvalidly elected.

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