United Party for National Development (UPND) has petitioned the election of PF’s Lawrence Evans as Livingstone Central Member of Parliament.
The UPND filed their petition before the Livingstone High Court today through their lawyers Mwimbu Muleza and Company. The party has stated in their petition that the campaigns were marred with violence, intimidation and electoral malpractice by the Patriotic Front (PF) members and their agents.
In the petition, the party has also raised the arresting of its top leadership by the police as some of the reasons for their petition. The UPND have also indicated that the reason for the postponement of the by election by the Electoral Commission of Zambia was as a result of the violence and intimidation.
The party said in their petitioned that it was clear going by the press statement which was released by the ECZ three days before the polls announcing the postponement of the by election that the elections were not free and fair. According to the petition filed before the Livingstone high court, the UPND is praying that the election of Lawrence Evans as the duly elected Member of Parliament for Livingstone should be nullified due to various reasons stated in the petition. In their press statement, the ECZ highlighted that the environment to conduct a free and fair election was not conducive hence the postponement.