Voter Apathy due to voter fatigue, MMD

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A Kasenengwa electorate captured at Chanyumbu’s Chawa Polling Station
A Kasenengwa electorate captured at Chanyumbu’s Chawa Polling Station

The opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy MMD has observed that the apathy experienced in today’s polls is due to fatigue of voters in the five constituencies.

Speaking in an interview from Zambezi, MMD special assistant to party president Raphael Nakacinda said most of the voters did not cast their votes because they view the process as a waste of time because they already choose their representative in 2011 and will only vote again in 2016.

He noted that voters are no longer interested in voting because they are tired of going through an election process every now and then and that people are frustrated with the continued lies that the PF keep telling them during campaigns.

“Zambians are fatigued with the electioneering every now and then and most of the people are not interested in casting their votes because they are frustrated; they are frustrated against the continued lies that PF are telling in these campaigns.

“They are also saying why should we go and vote when we already cast our vote in 2011 and will only cast their votes in 2016 so we are actually witnessing maybe out of the total number just 20 percent voting and that in itself is challenging in terms of reflecting the actual position of a particular constituency.

We are however hopeful that the few who have gone to vote will vote for our candidates,” Mr. Nakacinda said.

And Mr. Nakacinda has accused PF officials in Solwezi of instructing the police to arrest their people accusing them of loitering so as to have a chance to rig the elections.

“The PF were instructing the police arrest our people who were trying to stop the PF from manipulating voters by offering them money so that they influence the decision they make when casting their votes.”

Reports from other constituencies indicate that the have been wide spread voter apathy.

UNIDENTIFIED senior citizens waiting on a queue to exercise their voting rights during  Solwezi Central by-elections
UNIDENTIFIED senior citizens waiting on a queue to exercise
their voting rights during Solwezi Central by-elections

45 COMMENTS

    • +7
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      How can go and vote when PF gave them money to stay away so it vote on their behalf to rig the elections.

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      Wanzelu,

      PF has brought anarchy and democratic principles have since vanished. Apparently the PF were “photographing” voters cards equipped for the rigging formula. The corrupt PF also threatened those who received the bribed money that, polling stations have “cameras” henceforth be informed according to the ZWD( you know they don’t just bark, they bite).
      Wondering how one can celebrate unjustified win? Rigging, cheating is killing democracy in Zed, thank all this to the stubborn PF.
      Surely.

    • +6
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      So far PF is leading in Mkushi South by elections
      PF:1650
      Upnd:723
      MMD: 612

      Where are my dancing shoes at ?

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      PF 3 seats(vubwi, Zambezi West and Mkushi South) UPND 1 seat (Solwezi) and MMD 1 seat(Kasenengwa). When we tell you that PF is still very strong on the ground (not on the internet) you always allow your denial cloud your sense of judgement. Nipabwato !!

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      @Saulosi, what are those counts for? Is it football? Why updating people as if it was Zambia vs Cape Verde… You elections are useless, and people are tired of them. You can’t be voting every 2 weeks in a country with a sick president, you need some peace.

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      I know exactly how PF rigged these elections. MMD used to use the same trick. Zambia will continue to be uncivilized and to wallow in poverty for a long time indeed. I don’t know why I keep wasting my time with this God forsaken country.

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      ILLITERATES VOTE RIGGING
      Both my parents were 100% illiterate. During the One-Party regime the vote was a “Yes” or “No” affair. The know was represented by some symbol chosen by UNIP, usually, something unsightly. Prior to the election date some UNIP officials accompanied by civil servants would go around the villages “teaching” people how to vote. The villagers were taught how to mark the cross and which symbol represented UNIP and KK. Early on election day the couple would wake up early and start off to go and vote according to how they were instructed. The ruling party was the liberator and defender of the country while KK was the “father” of the nation who had given them schools, rural health centre etc. Anyone else was a trick star and enemy. Today’s Illiterates act the…

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      The opposition are cry babies, now they want to cry rigging. They are like a kid who always accuse his teacher of being incompetent whenever he fails his exams. Get over it.Lol

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      No amount of rigging will help PF in towns. You see in Solwezi,central where constituencies are close by, PF ‘s rigging formula can not work.UNIP and MMD rigged eletions big time by buying votes, in their last terms,but where are they now?

      For them to win in 2016 they will have to spend more money. But unfortunately, people are becoming wiser now. By 2016 they will know that PF is a party for liars because all what they have promised the people will not be delivered.

      UPND needs work in the Eastern province now.

      I salute the people of Eastern and Northern Western provinces for they eat PFs money and vote with their minds intact.

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      PF victory spells landslide victory for UPND in 2016 because people will be tired of PFs lies. In all the major cities, PF will lose dismally because people know their tricks in and out.

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    MMD is never real and will never be real. These by elections are not held in one constituency but in different areas so what fatigue are you talking about?

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      Wimu,

      I reckon MMD is on the wrong path to democracy and it now “Movements of Mass Destruction”. The leadership seems to be pro PF and have heaped upon Kabimba all the problems in PF, and regards to the constitution implementation process which has lambently failed because they prefer the ANIMAL CONSTITUTION one.
      They will never bounce back in power, whether RB comes from retirement package for Scottie to eat his own “heart”.
      The current state of interest is not only opposition, but the inclination of destructed movement by money, (acronym of MMD) to PF is a worry.

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    Another statement from the Pastor that clearly shows he is not presidential material. You must vote. A responsible opposition will not weave a tale against the seating gov’t. As justification for failure to vote. Democracy will not work if apathy is encouraged. If you have nothing to say, try, “man, it feels good to be Zambian today, because I am hopeful of Zambia’s future!”

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      Patriotic Abroad,

      He seems like every other day and night, he’s becoming more like a cadre of PF. He might be PF behind the curtain call as it is concluded that PF is the Tribal entity as it can be seen on Kabimba’s dismissal.
      Is the pastor enigmatic to politicking shall I don’t think so?

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      I feel for MMD. Defeated even before the count.

      PF need a stronger more challenging, UPND. I don’t see real competition from any other source for the General Elections except UPND. They have work to do.

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    The voter Al-path is a protest for turning a great party PF into a tribal party, wait soon you will realize what a blander you have done by your actions to remove comrade Kabimba without justifiable reasons. PF is now a party on a dying bed, the only reasonable man left in the party is DR Scot.

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    Why concede defeat before the final whistle.like I always tell ba opposition,be objective when critisizing the pf.now that you ve seen sata alive,you ve nothing else lie.be real.

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      mwaume,

      Didn’t you articulate the maneuver and manipulation of ECZs monitoring system which was not discussed with stakeholders about its fundamental functionalism?
      Surely, PF as a party in govt is obliged to first hand information and knowing how much they (PF) lied to come into power, RIGGING elections is their priority after looting.
      If only you can drive a car on empty tank, then there is no reason to worry, as per your suggestion. A problem is identified but the likes of yous (mwaume) still want to continue lingering in the dwellings of denial.
      The elections have been perpetually embraced by PF cadre hooliganism and I wonder why worst money when soon after, nullification follows suit.

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    What is the point of voting for someone and the results are nullified? What the electorates are conveying is put in power the person you want after all you will rig. I honestly don’t blame them…… but then again we have to believe that God plan and purpose will prevail through the use of the ballot box. God will never fail us eventually justice will prevail.

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      @Pretty. Concur on faith in God. We have to keep going to vote after all we fought for the right to have a say. These rigging allegations should be brought before courts and proven. It is worth to note, if there is rigging, we may have to go back to more bye elections……! We are tired of the voting routine, because of all the fighting that goes on. People are tired of that. All parties are responsible for their conduct during elections and ought to try to make it less cumbersome for voters. This is a corporate responsibility for all parties.

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    If mmd new that people where tired of voting and their’re only ready for 2016 why were they busy campagning,mmd or wat ever u call it jst go to sleep if u ar tired of cheap politics and let PF work Gudnyt

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    Upnd leading in Solwezi mañana. Possibly Zambezi as well. Mmd leading Kasenengwa. Vubwi could go Mmd or Upnd.

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    When is there gonna be some serious nation building when every month we’re having by-elections?Hii zambia kweli ni inchi ya vipofu,wajinga na wafisadi.

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    That’s why we need a new constitution because ruling parties cheat that development is brought by the party. Government must develop the country without looking at which MP is there. MMD was using that trick which PF is also using. Constitution the way to go. 2016 donchi kubeba…..

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    3/5 = 60% is not so bad for the PF considering the most of the constituencies were previously held by the opposition. HH and his UPND have so much ground to make up to match the popularity of PF. HH and his men are capable of turning the tides but with more grass root organization across Zambia. Each time PF lost any elections, they were still on the ground talking and propounding their cause. I do not see much of that in HH and UPND. Do not hibernate to wait for another election or by elections campaigning is a daily quest for any true politician who want to succeed and to make case why people should vote for them.

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      The problem is UPND is seem to not breaking any new grounds. As a matter of facts, FB should have won Solwezi if they adopted a different candidate other than Malwa. Malwa was Kabimbwa Wynter’s spy boy and so people did not like him. Otherwise come 2016, it will defintely fall into PF hands.

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    UPND pompous party is quiet now. We always tell you that your HH will find it difficulty to accumulate votes in other provinces besides Southern. From the look of things, UPND has Southern 100%, Western 50% and western 50%. So where is he going to get votes??

    UPNF alala , alala.

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