Ndola High Court nullifies Chimwemwe parliamentary seat

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The Ndola High Court has nullified the election of Patriotic Front Chimwemwe Member of Parliament Allen Banda.

This was after the court found that the elections were not conducted in line with the provisions of the Electoral Process Act .

Lusaka High Court judge Bubile Shonga who sat in Ndola said Electoral Commission of Zambia’s failure to provide the petitioner’s polling agents with Gen 20 forms in about 30 polling stations affected the credibility of the elections.

She further said the misallocation of votes in six polling stations also affected the outcome of the elections.

The judge ruled that the petitioner also failed to verify elections results in some polling stations due to lack of Gen 20 forms.

In this case, Bothwell Matanda petitioned Mr Banda citing bribery, unauthorised opening of ballot boxes and misallocation of votes by ECZ.

However, judge Shonga said she accepted the statement by Banda that the drilling of the borehole was done in February before he was adopted as candidate.

“I find as a matter of fact that the first respondent participated in the community project before he was adopted as a candidate,” she said.

Judge Shonga also established that Banda contributed to the construction of the school before he was adopted.

She further found that the donation of K3,000 to the Kitwe Pastor’s Fellowship was made as offering during a meeting in which both Matanda and Banda attended during campaigns. Mwebantu


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