UPND supporters to gather at court as lawyers submit petition

UPND supporters to gather at court as lawyers submit petition

Esau Chulu: at centre of rigging

Esau Chulu: at centre of rigging

The UPND team of lawyers will tomorrow, Thursday, submit the petition to the Constitution court documenting  massive irregularities and showing how  the PF colluded with the Electoral Commission of Zambia to subvert the will of the people.
So far more irregularities have emerged from various constituencies such as Chingola on the Copperbelt where more than 1500 votes were credited to President Edgar Lungu at the tallying contrary to the votes he got at the polling station.
Some of the glaring irregularities in this past election

1. Delibarate interference in the ECZ process by PF officials and cadres. Examples are Kamwala & Olympia primary schools where PF cadres stormed the stations and kicked out all the opposition agents. Kaiza Zulu (a civil servant) and Mumbi Phiri were spotted receiving results at City airport from wherever.  They didn’t want Opposition agents to be part of this process and consequently had UPND member Obvious Mwaliteta arrested for trying to intervene.  He has been charged with aggravated robbery.

2. Delibarate miscounting and mistallying of results caused by intrusion of polling stations by PF cadres.  In Kanyama more than 14,000 votes for UPND candidate Hakainde Hichilema were initially excluded but later included after spirited demands by UPND officials lead by Maureen Mwanawasa.  In Lundazi PF candidate Edgar Lungu was given ghost votes causing the total votes cast to be more than the number of registered voters for the constituency.  In Nchanga constituency again Lungu received bonus votes which dont agree to the votes cast.

3. Very high number of rejected ballots. This was  caused by ECZ failure to provide sufficient ink for stamping the back of the ballots. ECZ director Priscilla Isaac admitted this. The exclusion of these ballots could have disadvantaged some candidates. Also, rejected ballots are excluded from the calculation to determine whether there is an outright winner or the election goes to a re-run. Clearly, rejected ballots can have a material impact on how the election turns out.

4. Presence of premarked ballots during the counting period as seen at ZAF HQ and some other places. Some of these ballots could have found themselves into ballot boxes.

5. ECZ election officers failure to discharge their duties such as refusing to sign forms G12 and/or causing unaccredited people to sign on behalf of the opposition such as for Matero constituency results. In some cases, these officers simply run away with the results as in Chifubu in Ndola.

6. Announcing of wrong results by the ECZ in some cases. Example is Kanyama where UPND votes where announced less by 2000.

These are just some of the examples of how our electoral system fell apart during the past polls.

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