Judges who will preside over election petitions after the March 4 General Election have powers to declare a winner after a recount of ballot papers in court. Magistrates will also be allowed to preside over petitions following an amendment of judicial rules that only allowed judges. The chairman of the Judiciary’s Working Committee on Election Preparation, Justice David Majanja, said the old rules, which provided for a by-election even after re-count showed who had won, have been removed.
Source: Standard Pg 2
Date: Monday, 28 Jan 2013