Lack of G12 form prevented me from seeking  vote recount – Masebo


LOSING United Party for National Development candidate Sylvia Masebo says she could not verify the total number of votes she got in the August 11 2016 parliamentary election because of the absence of the Gen 12 forms at most polling stations in Chongwe Constituency. This was in the continued hearing of her petition against the winning Patriotic Front (PF) Member of Parliament Japhen Mwakalombe on accusations of electoral malpractices in the last general elections. Ms Masebo said the August 11 elections were not transparent, free and fair as there was a lot of irregularities beginning with the intimidation of her supporters as well as the absence of the Gen 12 forms, documents which were supposed to be used for recording final results at all the polling stations in the area. She told the court that most polling stations in the Constituency had no Gen 12 forms which documents should be used for the official records of total votes at a particular polling station. Ms Masebo explained that most of her agents did not assent to the elections results at the various polling stations where there were no Gen 12 forms to endorse the results as being genuine. “My agent had called me from one of the polling stations near the Airport to inform me that there was no Gen 12 form. I received a series of phone calls from other polling stations that they had no Gen 12 forms. “I even called ECZ director Priscilla Isaac who promised me that she would deliver the document but that problem was not sorted out,” she said. She explained that as a result, even at the end of the voting process, she was unable to verify the results because she did not have results as recorded on the official ECZ documents.   She further explained that even at the district council, they did not have the official ECZ results to verify the Gen 13 certificate which gave consolidated results from across the constituency. And Ms Masebo also told the court that at some point, suspected PF cadres had taken over the management of elections at one of the polling stations in the constituency as they ensured some people did not wait in the queue but were pushed forward to vote quickly against her supporters who stayed for long hours. “My agents felt intimidated when PF cadres who walked into a polling station at Madido and literary took over management of elections at the centre. “Even the police presence at the centre failed to do anything and they had to call for reinforcement to help the situation,” she said. She accused the police at Madido polling station of tilting against the opposition as their support seemingly leaned towards the ruling party. And in cross examination, Ms Masebo informed the courts that most of the activities she has alluded to were just reported to her by her agents, who would come before court as witnesses to attest to the happenings. She has since asked the court to declare the election of Mr Mwakalombe as Chongwe MP null and void, adding that “the illegal practices committed by the 1st Respondent or/and his agents affected the election results and that the same should be nullified”. Ms Masebo in her petition has cited Mr Mwakalombe, the ECZ and the Attorney General as 1st, 2nd and 3rd Respondents respectively. Trial continues.