Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) Chairperson Justice Irene Mambilima has suspended the announcement of election results from constituencies.
Justice Mambilima told a media briefing this morning that this is to avoid influencing voting in the 51 polling stations that are voting today across the country.
Justice Mambilima said the commission has faced unprecedented challenges in the conduct of the presidential election due to the unfriendly weather resulting in some areas having not voted yesterday because they where inaccessible by road.She explained that in some constituencies only two polling stations could be accessed by road.
Justice Mambilima said the Commission has made a decision that it would not be appropriate to give out the tally of the results so far verified because of the other voters who are voting today.She said those voting today should vote with a free mind unhindered by speculation of who is the leading and trailing candidate.
Justice Mambilima said the commission will only release the tallies of the results after people in areas where voting is going on today have voted.
The 51 polling stations where voting is being conducted today are in Mafinga, Kaputa, Mitete, Lukulu West, Senanga, Kapoche, Chama North, Chama South and Limulunga.
And Justice Mambilima has advised the UPND and PF to cage their cadres.Justice Mambilima did not mince her words when she categorically stated that it is only PF and UPND cadres that would resort to violence as results are being awaited.She has further advised against premature celebrations by political parties before all the results have been declared by the commission.
Meanwhile PF candidate Edgar Lungu has taken an early lead in Kasama district.According to the results obtained this morning, 49 out of the 50 polling stations from Kasama Central Constituency have so far been counted putting Mr. Lungu in the lead at 11, 509 votes, followed by the UPND candidate Hakainde Hichilema who is trailing at 3, 439 votes.
The UPND has taken a lead in Solwezi Central Constituency poll results with the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) taking the second place.The UPND’s Hakainde Hichilema polled 14, 737, PF’s Edgar Lungu polled 4,219 while United National Independence Party’s Tilyenji Kaunda came third, with 84 votes.Forum for Democracy and Development’s Edith Nawakwi polled 81, Movement for Multi-party Democracy’s Nevers Mumba 64, Dr. Ludwig Sondashi of Forum for Democratic Alternatives polled 56 while Eric Chanda of the Fourth Revolutionary party polled 39.Elias Chipimo of National Restoration Party got 33, with Godfrey Miyanda of the Heritage party 31 and Green Party’s Peter Sinkamba polled 13 while Christian Democratic Party‘s Daniel Pule got 7 votes.
Statistics from Transparency Internation show that out of 30 constituencies PF leads with 302,590 votes with UPND trailing behind with 168,008 votes.