THE United Party for National Development (UPND) has directed all its losing candidates at parliamentary, mayoral and local government level to petition all the seats that have been won by the governing Patriotic Front (PF).
UPND Copperbelt Province information publicity secretary media youth wing William Sitali has revealed that the party leadership had given a directive that all the seats at all levels should be petitioned because the opposition party believed that the PF had won the general elections fraudulently.
The PF soon after forming government petitioned all the seats which were scooped by the MMD at the time and the UPND condemned the act as a waste of public resources
Mr Sitali said secretariat in Lusaka directing all losing candidates to file in petitions and challenge the election of all PF MPs, mayors and councillors.
UPND losing Ndola executive mayoral candidate Daphne Chabu has since filed in her election petition in the Ndola High Court demanding that the court should nullify the PF mayoral candidate.
According to sources within UPND who gave information on grounds of anonymity, Ms Chabu filed in her petition last week citing electoral malpractices.
The source confirmed the development but insisted that it be confirmed by the petitioner in question.
However when the reporter contacted Ms Chabu earlier for confirmation of the development, she questioned what problem the reporter had by asking her about the petition.
“What is the problem, I am not giving it to you; so what is the problem?”, Ms Chabu asked before she hung up.
Mr.Sitali said the grounds for petitioning were clear because ministers allegedly used public resources to campaign prior to the August polls.
He said other grounds of petition include violence before, during and after the general elections including intimidation.
“Chishimba Kambwili went round in wards and constituencies campaigning not using his personal money but Government money,” he claimed.
The ruling party scooped all the 26 executive mayoral seats on the Copperbelt.