The notice of contest, answer and application to intervene (if permitted) shall be treated as the pleadings in the case, and may be amended in the discretion of the court. The contest proceedings shall be heard as soon as practicable and within twenty (20) days after the filing of the notice of contest. Notice of the time and place of the hearing shall be given as directed by the court. The matter shall be tried by the court in the manner provided for the trial of civil actions so far as practicable and the provisions of K.S.A. 20-311d , 20-311e , 20-311f and 20-311g , shall be applicable to election contests. Except as otherwise provided by this act, the code of civil procedure shall be applicable to contests of elections authorized by this act.
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