The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has disclosed that it will consider transmitting presidential election results through fax from all the districts to the national results centre in Lusaka.
Earlier, the ECZ has planned to transmit the results electronically using a digital system.
ECZ Director Pricilla Isaacs said bad weather has hampered the operations of the commission and affected its network for the digital transmission of results.
Addressing a press briefing at Mulungushi International Conference Centre this afternoon, Ms. Isaacs said her organization has no control over the weather which has led to the late commencement of the presidential poll in some parts of the country.
She said if the network challenges continue to persist, ECZ will use the parallel transmission of results by fax machines from the districts backed by hard copies from returning officers.
Ms. Isaacs has meanwhile told journalists that ECZ has made progress in delivering election materials and staff to the 72 polling stations that had not yet received the items when voting in the rest of the country opened at 06.00 hours today.
She said out of the 72 polling stations that were affected, 34 stations had by this afternoon received the election materials.
She said efforts were being made to ensure that the remaining polling stations in Mafinga, Chama, Petauke, Rufunsa, Mitete, Lukulu and Mwinilunga districts receive the materials so that voting can commence immediately.
Ms. Isaacs has since commended the Zambia Air Force (ZAF) for working tirelessly in the midst of bad weather to deliver the election materials.
She described the voting process across the country as progressing well adding that voters were turning up to vote despite the heavy rains.
And Ms. Isaacs has brushed off claims by opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema that late delivery of ballot papers to his strongholds in Western and Northwestern provinces was a ploy to defraud the electoral process in favour of the Patriotic Front candidate, Edgar Lungu.
She explained it was the heavy rains that delayed the deployment of election materials in the named areas.
She has since assured voters that started voting late or are yet to start that they will be given the standard twelve hours period of voting which was allocated to all other polling station in the country.
Ms. Isaacs said results of the poll are expected to start filtering into the national results centre, which is Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka, at 23.00 hours while the final results will be announced by Friday 23rd January 2015.