Petitioners of the August 11, General Election have filed a preliminary application for the ballot papers and other election material to be in the custody of the court.
The Petitioners are United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema and Party Vice President for Administration Geofrey Mwamba who was his Running Mate.
Mr. Hichilema and Mr. Mwamba have sought a court order for the Electoral Commissioner of Zambia-ECZ to deliver the ballot paper to the court for custody.
They have also sought an injunction to restrain the ECZ from tampering, altering and destroying any election material.
This is according to an Inter-parte Summon for Detention, Custody and Preservation filed in the Constitutional Court.
The Inter-parte hearing in the matter has been adjourned to tomorrow because the respondents’ lawyers were not served with the petition on time.
One of the lawyers for the petitioners Gilbert Phiri of PNP Advocates , however told journalists at the court today that the adjournment has been necessitated on grounds that the respondent’s have new lawyers that need to be acquainted with the petition.
The respondents in the matter are President-Elect Edgar Lungu, Vice President-Elect Inonge Wina and the Electoral Commission of Zambia-ECZ.
The matter is before Constitutional Court President Justice Hildah Chibomba. Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba filed the petition last Friday. They are seeking a Court Order that the declaration of President Edgar Lungu as a winning Presidential candidate was null and void and must be set aside.
They have alleged that President Edgar Lungu did not get the 50 plus one of the total votes cast. Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba have also claimed that the Voters Register was not credible and its non-availability before the elections compromised the electoral process.
They further contended that there was no compliance with the Electoral Process Act in the conduct of the elections.
The petitioners are being represented by Malambo and Company, Simeza Sangwa Associates Lukona Chambers, Mushipe and Associates , Dove Chambers, Dindi and Company and PNP Advocates.
The respondents are being represented by lawyers State Counsel Practitioners Bonaventure Mutale, Eric Silwamba and Abyud Shonga-the former Attorney General.