From Chalo Chatu, Zambia online encyclopedia
An election petition refers to the procedure for challenging the result of a Parliamentary election.
When a petition is lodged against an election return, there are 4 possible outcomes:
- The election is declared void. The result is quashed and a writ is issued for a new election
- The election is held to have been undue: the original return is quashed, and another candidate is declared to have been elected.
- The election is upheld, and the member returned is found to have been duly elected.
- The petition is withdrawn. This may occur when the petitioner fails to attend a hearing, or when Parliament is dissolved before the petition process is complete
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