ELECTORAL Commission of Zambia (ECZ) chairperson Irene Mambilima has urged political parties in today’s election not to celebrate before the actual results are announced.
And acting chief justice Lombe Chibesakunda yesterday officially opened the presidential election results centre at Lusaka’s Mulungushi International Conference Centre.
Justice Mambilima said at the official opening of the results centre that political parties and members of the public must wait until the winner is declared before any celebration can be conducted.
“In short, I am saying curtail premature celebration,” she said.
Justice Mambilima also called on the media to desist from speculating election results but to report on the results as they are announced by presiding officers.
She said that speculating on the results of the polls can result into conflicts and adverse consequences, which can negatively affect the nation.
“I urge all of you to be patient and await the final declaration of the result of the poll, which will be made by the chief justice,” Justice Mambilima said.
She appealed to the police command to be alert and ensure that law and order is maintained during the polls and up to the time of the declaration of the results and thereafter.
Ms Mambilima said the commission will ensure adequate flow of information to all stakeholders through help desks and press briefings.
She called on observers to be vigilant and attentive as the ballot papers are being counted at polling stations.
“If you notice any need for a recount, apply for one to the presiding officer as no recounting of votes will be allowed at the totalling centre or results centre,” Justice Mambilima said.
She appealed to political party leaders to advise their supporters and cadres to conduct themselves responsibly during the polls today.
Justice Mambilima officially launched the election centre, which she later toured with her entourage.