Police in Kapiri Mposhi apprehended a man believed to be from outside Kapiri Mposhi who was allegedly giving out cash to some voters in a bid to woo them to vote for a ‘particular party’, district electoral officer Mpande Hamwende confirmed.
He said the man was apprehended after he was found with KR13,000, five national registration cards and five voters’ cards.
Voting in Kapiri Mposhi Constituency parliamentary by-election yesterday was marred with widespread apathy.In Lukulu West, voting closed at 18:00 hours and most of the polling centres were not reachable by road.
The choppers that were to carry the ballot boxes from 39 polling stations could not be used at night.
Lukulu has a total of 11,889 registered voters and at Mitete Polling Station, the only one ballot boxes was ready, 306 had cast their votes as at closing time out of the total registered voters of 450.
The Lukulu West seat is being contested by Patriotic Front’s, (PF) Eileen Imbwae, Misheck Mutelo for United Party for National Development (UPND) and United Liberal Party’s (ULP) Mubita Sikwa.
The seat fell vacant after the Supreme Court nullified it following an election petition.The voter turnout, however, was reported to be encouraging, unlike for Kapiri Mposhi.
Kapiri Mposhi District has 84,000 registered voters with 89 polling stations.But a check at most polling stations after 10:00 hours found widespread apathy.
In some cases, electoral officers had to wait for people to walk in and cast their votes but most electoral officers were optimistic that more people could turn up later in the day.
A check at Railways, Fire Brigade, Old Civic Centre, Hill Top and Kapiri Mposhi basic schools found no queues, while the electoral officers, monitors and observers found were patiently waiting for voters.
And District Commissioner Beatrice Sikazwe, who was found casting her vote at Kapiri Mposhi Basic School, was not happy with the turn out, saying voter education was needed.
The Kapiri Mposhi election are being contested by PF’s Eddie Musonda, Francis Mwape for UNIP and Lawrence Zimba on the UPND ticket.
Unconfirmed reports put PF in the lead in Kapiri Mposhi.