The Patriotic Front PF Party has appealed to the Constitutional Court over ECZ, Electoral Commission of Zambia’s decision to reject Dr. John Phiri’s nomination papers for Lundazi parliamentary seat yesterday.
Provincial Chairperson, Andrew Lubusha has confirmed stating that the ruling party suspects foul play and malice in the way the matter was handled by ECZ officers.
Mr. Lubusha says that the PF is surprised that Lundazi District Electoral Officer, Boyd Kaoma was actively involved in all nominations in the district instead of leaving the matter to returning officers.
He says that Dr. Phiri arrived at the nomination centre early but was advised to go back and get back later between 15 and 16 hours so that he should not waste time waiting.
Mr. Lubusha however, says that the party is shocked that the issue changed when Dr. Phiri went back and was told that he was late.
The PF provincial chairperson says that this was strange because some candidates in other constituencies like Lumezi, Kasenengwa and Luangeni filed in their nominations passed 18 hours.
Lundazi District Electoral Officer, Boyd Kaoma yesterday said that he could not go against the law by allowing Dr. Phiri to file in his nomination papers late.
Five candidates will contest the Vubwi parliamentary seat on August 11.
These are Margret Miti for PF, Dominic Banda for Rainbow, Exerviel Banda for FDD, Alfonso Phiri for UPND and Vincent Mwale for UDF.
Vubwi District Electoral Officer John Kamanga has confirmed to Breeze News that the five candidates successfully filed in their nomination papers yesterday.
Meanwhile five people successfully filed in their nomination papers for Msanzala Parliamentary seat in Petauke district ahead of the August 11th general elections.
Petauke District Electoral Officer, Boyd Mboyi confirmed this to Breeze FM.
Mr. Mboyi says that Fred Banda is UPND candidate, Peter Daka is for Patriotic Front, while Joseph Banda, Kelvin Zulu and Margret Zulu, all filed their nomination papers as independent candidates.
And Mr. Mboyi says that three candidates successfully filed in their nomination papers for the newly created Kaumbwe Constituency.
He says Nicholas Banda is candidate for MMD, Felix Ngoma is representing UPND while Listed Tembo is contesting on the ruling PF party ticket.
And Chasefu Constituency in Lundazi district has four candidates.
These are Banda Chifumu for FDD, Japhet Msumuko for UPND, Davies Ngwenya for MMD and Gerald Zimba for PF.
Lumezi Constituency, which is also in Lundazi has Goodson Banda for Rainbow Party, Isaac Banda for PF, Alice Mkandawire for MMD, Humphrey Ngwenya for FDD, Alex Phiri for UPND and Pilila Mwanza, who is contesting as independent candidate.
Eight aspiring candidates yesterday successfully filed in their nomination papers for the Kasenengwa Parliamentary seat in Chipata district.
This is according to information released by ECZ, the Electoral Commission of Zambia.
The Rainbow Party are fielding Sensio Banda, MMD Gideon Zulu, PF Victoria Kalima while Faustin Banda is standing on UPND ticket.
UNIP has Kondawani Kayuni, FDD Leokadiah Jere while Charles Banda and Gary Mwalimu are standing as Independent candidates.