UPND campaign manager Dipak Patel this morning expressed concerned by the further delay to the granting of permissions for UPND helicopters to fly. He said the flight plans are an integral part of the effort to observe the election.
Mr.Patel complained that after having flight permissions revoked at the last minute yesterday and despite assurances from Acting President Guy Scott this morning that UPND would be able to resume its observation efforts this morning, ZAF had continued to delay in granting clearance with no clear reason as to why.
‘With our observers and logistics staff unable to travel to key locations during the counting and results process we find ourselves in a difficult position with regards to verifying these results as part of our PVT efforts,’ Mr Patel said
Meanwhile the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has sent a Zambia Air Force-ZAF helicopter to airlift election results from inaccessible areas in Mungwi in Malole constituency.Mungwi District Electoral officer, Gladys Lilanda confirmed the development to ZANIS in Mungwi today.Mrs. Lilanda disclosed that the ZAF chopper will collect election results from Mankungu in Mpanda ward and Kawanga in Lubala ward.Other areas are Mumba and Bwebe in Chambeshi ward.The four areas have become inaccessible by road due to floods and bad road network.
Meanwhile, election results have so far been received from 46 polling stations in Malole Constituency.The results for the 46 polling stations are being received and announced by Returning Officer Lewis Kwenda.So far PF’s Edgar Lungu has got 8,006 votes out of 9,853 cast.Mr. Lungu is followed by UPND’s Hakainde Hichilema who polled 1,231 votes.Nawikwi Edith of FDD has so far received 229 votes.MMD’s Nevers Mumba got 119 votes and Eric Chanda of 4th revolution polled 39 votes out of the 46 polling stations.
UNIP’s Tilyenji Kaunda has received 37 votes while Heritage Party’s Godfrey Miyanda has polled 35.CDP’s Daniel Pule has polled 34 votes while NAREP’s Elias Chipimo Jr. has received 32 votes.Ludwig Sondashi has polled 12 votes and Green Party’s Peter Sinkamba has so far polled 4 votes.
75 ballot papers have been rejected.Malole constituency has 58, 686 registered voters.