The Kapoche by-election in Petauke in the Eastern province has been characterized by low turnout of voters.
By midday, polling stations visited by ZANIS, had less than 50 per cent of the total
number of registered voters, who turned upto cast their votes.
At Mwanjawanthu polling station in Kaumbwe ward, a polling assistant, Rodgers
Chilongozi, said only 250 people out of the total number of 708 registered voters
had cast their votes by 13.00 hours.
At Lusinde polling station in Lusinde ward, 194 out of 450 registered voters had
cast their votes while at Petauke polling station in the same ward, 140 out of 362
registered voters cast their votes by 14.00 hours.
The low turnout had been attributed to most people preparing their fields for the
next farming season.
Presiding officer at Petauke polling station, Jonathan Muhinyi, said general voter
apathy could have also contributed to the low turnout of voters.
Kapoche constituency has a total number of 27,000 registered voters and 62 polling