Ansah, Commissioners' Dominate Petitioners' Submissions
Petitioners in the high profile presidential elections case finishing making their oral submissions in the case Thursday and Friday.
Thursday afternoon, it was the turn of first petitioner through Dr. Chikosa Silungwe capitalized on absence of commissioners in court to testify as one of the key factors that the five judge panel should consider in giving out its final verdict on the matter.
Dr Silungwe said MEC Commissioners were by law required to appear before the court, a thing which they did not do.
“If the commissioners had a chance to appear in this court, we think as first petitioners that they would have said something that would have been used to build our case.
"Their absence should be considered by laws of the country clearly stipulates about this,” says Silungwe.
Buttressing on this point, lead lawyer for Dr Lazarus Chakwera, Modecai Msisha in his submissions Friday morning also asked the court to consider the absence of commissioners in court citing their failure speaks volumes of incompetency of the electoral body
“MEC is a constitutional organ and is always guided by it. We though being constitutional organ, they should always abide by what supreme book of the land dictates. But what we saw is contrary and in our submissions we think those factors should be considered,” says Msisha.
Judgement on the case is expected to be given within 45 days from Friday, the final day of oral submissions.