United Party for National Development (UPND) Campaign Manager Dipak Patel has urged parties, observers and Zambian citizens to be cautious with regard to the running totals of some PVT analyses circulating.
In a statement released to the media this evening, Mr Patel said that the Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) chapter results tallies released so far have disproportionately originated from PF strongholds and may present a distorted picture as a result.
Mr Patel said that UPND have their own PVT numbers and there are efforts underway that are constantly delivering very reassuring results to them.
Mr Patel called on all political parties to refrain from putting pressure on the ECZ to release results even while the votes are still being cast and counted.
“Premature release of results when important numbers are outstanding may only serve to generate confusion and be counterproductive to ensuring a smooth transition, ” he said
Meanwhile, TIZ chapter vice president Joseph Kalungu has said that his organisation has NOT declared any candidate in the Presidential race but is merely sharing information received from various constituencies.
Mr. Kalungu said that the aim of TIZ is to promote transparency during the election process.
Mr. Kalungu said that TIZ deployed monitors in a number of polling stations in the 150 constituencies to monitor the voting process that took place yesterday and today.
Mr. Kalungu noted that it is only the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) that is mandated to officially declare the results of the Presidential elections.
Mr Kalungu said this is in statement released to media in Lusaka today.
He said his organisation has not speculated any PVT results today and is depending on the official declared results from constituencies.
The TIZ chapter vice president further advised the members of the public not to be misled but instead remain patient and wait for ECZ declaration.
The TIZ’s last update for today from 60 Constituencies Compiled so far has PF candidate Edgar Lungu with 469,910 and UPND candidate Hakainde Hichilema with 350,023.
TIZ will resume its updates tomorrow.