Latest consolidation results from 90 constituencies from Tuesday’s presidential election still puts PF candidate Edgar Lungu in the lead with 60 more constituencies still to go.
Mr Lungu has polled 590,252 representing 50.75 percent of the total votes verified with his closest rival Hakainde Hichilema trailing in second after polling 524,976 representing 45.14 percent.
MMD’s Nevers Mumba is in third place with 8,831 representing 0.76 percent of the total vote count.
Edith Nawakwi of the FDD is in fourth place polling 8, 806 which makes up 0.76 percent of the total vote count.
The rest of the candidates accounted for less than zero percentage points of the total vote count announced so far.
[pullquote]Justice Mambilima said she would rather be fired than get comprised in the course of her job.[/pullquote]
The latest update is from an additional 10 constituencies verified as at 15 hours along with the 80 whose results were verified and announced mid day.
Electoral Commission of Zambia Chairperson Ireen Mambilima announced that the Commission is working round the clock with officers from the Zambia Air force in delivering election results.Justice Mambilima also pleaded with politicians to exercise restraint and patience and allow the Commission to do its job.
She bemoaned that the current low trust levels between the Commission and political parties are not healthy for the country’s democracy.Justice Mambilima said she would rather be fired than get comprised in the course of her job.
Meanwhile, Justice Mambilima has rubbished assertions that some constituencies in Southern and Western Provinces recorded between 80 and 90 percent voter turn outs.
She explained that the national average voter turn is still very low, not exceeding 35 percent.
Justice Mambilima urged stakeholders especially those using the Parallel Voter Tabulation to stop posting alarming statements on the process on social media.
She described the concerns by PF Media Team Head Emmanuel Mwamba that the voter turnout in western and Southern Province is irregular as lies and mischief.
Justice Mambilima said there is no polling station that has recorded a near 100 percent turnout adding that lies being peddled by mischief makers should be dismissed.
And ECZ Director Priscilla Isaac has revealed that voting in some polling stations in Chama South and Chama North commenced this afternoon and will conclude at 02 Hours tomorrow morning.Ms. Isaac added that a few polling stations in Mafinga constituency started today and ends at 02 Hours and results are expected during the course of tomorrow.