Polls have closed in the Mansa central parliamentary by-election which saw a fair turnout of voters. Final results of the by-election are not expected until tomorrow around 10:00 hours.
Mansa central constituency has 70 polling districts and 88,943 registered voters as per 2011 voters register. Five candidates contested the by-elections, these are PF’s Chitalu Chilufya,UNIP’s Charles Mwewa,FDD’s Alfred Mwape,MMD’s Malama Kapolyo and Rosemary Mwiche of the UPND.
Meanwhile Patriotic Front National Chairperson Inonge Wina has expressed confidence that the ruling party will scoop the Mansa central parliamentary seat.
The people of Mansa central today went to the polls to elect a new parliamentary representative to replace the late Kennedy Sakeni.
Ms. Wina has told Qfm News that reports reaching her office give a clear indication that the Patriotic Front is likely to scoop the seat.
Ms. Wina stresses that the party did the ground work to be guaranteed of emerging victorious.
And the District Electoral Officer Davies Bwalya failed to give statistics of voters in all the polling stations by 14:00 hours due to a lapse in communication facilities on the part of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ).
Mr Bwalya explained that Presiding Officers were not trained to send voter information electronically to the totalling centres as arranged because the supplier of IPADS which were supposed to be used in the exercise did not supply them on time.
He however, he said the gadgets will be used in future elections but for now, Presiding Officers would have to deliver hard copies results to the totalling centre.
Meanwhile, Mr Bwalya has commended the peace that has prevailed since the election started. He said there has been no violence reported adding that he hoped the peace will continue even after the election results are announced.