Acting President Dr Guy Scott this morning visited Mr. Price store at Manda Hill Shopping Mall in Lusaka.This was after Dr Scott received information that Mr. Price workers had been stopped from voting.
But one of Mr. Price senior managers refuted the claims that their workers have been stopped from voting.
He explained that the workers are in groups and the first group went to cast their votes and the rest will go at 14 hrs.
Tuesday, January 20 2015 was declared a public holiday.
Meanwhile in Solwezi some employees have been denied their right to voters cast their votes in the presidential by-election.
A snap survey conducted by ZANIS in the central business district revealed that some shops were open and conducting business normally.
Some workers who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of victimization told ZANIS that they had been denied chance to travel to their various places to cast their votes by their employers thereby de-franchizing them.
Casting of votes in today’s presidential by-election has started on a low note in Solwezi district with most rural polling stations recording low turnout.
At Luamala basic school in Solwezi East constituency 139 people had cast their votes out of 2091 registered while at Kikombe basic school in Solwezi central constituency 600 had cast their votes out of the registered 2,925 and at Mutanda mission polling station in Solwezi West 30 out of 805 registered voters had cast their votes by press time.
District Electoral officer Venture Kafula said all polling stations opened at 06:00hours and described the turnout as fair and peaceful in most polling stations.
Mr Kafula said the turnout is expected to improve later in the day as most people had gone out into the fields.
Solwezi district has three constituencies namely Solwezi Central, Solwezi East and Solwezi West with combined totals of 98 polling stations and 106,626 registered voters.