High Court adjourns UPND, ECZ case

THE Lusaka High Court has set Monday next week as the date for hearing of the matter where United Party for National Development has sued the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) over last week’s election results announcements.

This was after High Court Justice Florence Lengalenga granted an application for adjournment when both counsel agreed for an adjournment to allow time for submission of support documents.

ECZ legal counsel Eric Kamwi said they have agreed to the adjournment to give them time to file an affidavit following the consolidation of the two matters involving UPND and the ECZ before her court.

“I agree that the matter be adjourned because we have not been served process in cause number 2016/HP/1594. The other one we have been served and in both matters we will not file an affidavit but will speak to the lawyers,” he said.

Mr Kamwi, however, assured the courts that they would file affidavits by Thursday to allow defence counsel study the matter before the new date was set.

In response, UPND legal representative Nelly Muti affirmed their position on the adjournment and requested the court to grant the leave.

Ms Justice Lengalenga in consolidating the matter said since the parties were both in agreement, the leave that was granted and ex-parte was confirmed.

“Since the parties are agreed that the two matters be consolidated as they arise from the same facts, I hereby order that they be consolidated to avoid multiplicity of actions.

“It is further agreed that he hearing of the main matter be set for Monday 22nd August, 2016 at 09:00hours,” she said.

UPND last weekend applied for the courts to order the halting of announcements of Thursday’s general elections by ECZ on allegations of electoral malpractices on one matter, and also for the suspension and removal from the results centre three officials working under the commission from the centre on allegations that they allowed an unauthorised person to enter the IT centre at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre.

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