United Party for National Development (UPND) Presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema is headed for defeat on the Copperbelt province, which is one of the major voting block in the country. Most results declared at constituency level show Patriotic Front candidate Edgar Lungu well ahead.
In Ndola with full results announced by the presiding officers, PF candidate got PF 12,610 against Mr Hichilema’s 4662 from Ndola Central. In Kabushi constituency Kabushi, Mr Lungu of PF has got 12,475 while Mr Hichilema of UPND got 2,762. The trend was similar in Chifubu constituency where Mr Lungu got 11 817 while Mr Hichilema got 3 422 votes.
In Kitwe, the home town of PF president and a major copperbelt voting block , Mr Lungu got 11 688 in against Mr Hichilema’s 2 829 votes in Nkana constituency. In Kamfinsa, Mr Lungu got 8 983 against Mr Hichilema’s 2 381 votes. Chimwemwe constituency gave Mr Lungu 15 214 votes compared to 3 499 votes for Mr Hichilema.
In Chingola’s Nchanga constituency, the trend continued with Mr Lungu getting 11 388 and Mr Hichilema getting 2 666.
And the border town of Chililabombwe also showed a similar trend. Mr Lungu got 10 126 and Mr Hichilema 2 780.
Copperbelt province is one of the major urban PF stronghold that UPND was supposed to take or lose narrowly in order to enhance their chances of securing the presidency.