United party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema has stormed the Mulungushi International Conference Centre, the national results center, to demand that the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) suspends the announcements of results on ZNBC TV because the announcements are selective and inaccurate.
According to Mr Hichilema, UPND is leading with 51 per cent of the poll results.
By the time of reporting, Mr Hichilema had just entered into a meeting with ECZ Chairperson Justice Irene Mambilima, while PF officials were also knocking on door demanding to enter.
Earlier this morning, confusion almost erupted as UPND party representatives demanded to know why the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) was not announcing the results.
By 03:40, the ECZ had not made any official announcement regarding the results for the presidential by-election which angered the UPND party representatives.
But ECZ Public Relations Manager Chris Akufuna pleaded with the UPND representatives to remain calm saying the commission was still verifying the results they had received.
UPND officials were riled that majority of results emerging were from the Copperbelt where the party president had resoundingly been rejected. They demanded that the results from Southern Province where Patriotic Front president Edgar Lungu was trailing Hakainde Hichilema should also be squeezed through to the public.
Meanwhile, Patriotic Front (PF) President Edgar Lungu is projected to take the heavily contested Lusaka province vote. With the results in the heavily populated constituencies counted, the PF leader Edgar Lungu has a commanding lead.
In Mandevu Constituency Mr Lungu has got 29 244 votes against Mr Hichilema’s 9 844. In Lusaka Central Constituency PF has garnered 15 077 votes compared to UPND’s 9 190. Munali Constituency saw Mr Lungu take 27 296 votes against UPND leader’s 14 366 votes. Kabwata Constituency gave Mr Lungu 19 704 votes compared to 10 069 for Mr Hichilema.