PF candidate Edgar Lungu has extended his early lead going into day four of the presidential election after polling 701,089 votes which accounts for 48.72 of the votes verified and announced by the Electoral Commission.
ECZ Chairperson Justice Ireen Mambilima announced that Mr Lungu is still leading the race to State House after votes from a total of 121 constituencies were verified by the Commission.
UPND’s Hakainde Hichilema is still in second place with 674, 185 votes which makes up 46.85 percent of the vote.
Edith Nawakwi still maintains third place with 11,770 votes representing 0.82 percent of the vote
There are now 29 more constituencies remaining to go and Justice Mambilima is optimistic that the final set of results will be announced and verified during the next media update scheduled for 21 Hours.
And Justice Mambilima has revealed that a dispute between ZNBC and the Commission has arisen over allegations that the national broadcaster was broadcasting wrong results.
She announced that the Commission has since suspended the display of results in the Elections Centre conference room at Mulungushi and on ZNBC TV until they get to the bottom of the matter.
Justice Mambilima said the decision was arrived at after the UPND raised concerns over the disparities in the elections results being displayed on TV and those from their PVT system.
She added that the PF also requested to be part of that meeting held in the morning after expressing similar concerns.
On the contract terms with ZNBC, Justice Mambilima said she could not say much about how much money is being paid to ZNBC for relaying the results.
‘What we can establish is that something or someone has gone wrong. We need to get to the bottom of this. Right now ECZ and ZNBC are glaring at each other. ECZ has the correct results. We will establish how a result released correctly, can be transmitted wrongly. People must keep their cool. Wait for ECZ to declare the winner, we are still waiting for results from 29 polling stations. Have seen lots of false results which are causing anxiety,’ she said.
She added, “How were results directly fed into the ZNBC system altered? We had a contract with them. In the past we had a contract with Muvi TV and we never had that problem. It is a matter of concern. We need to get to the bottom of the matter. What on earth happened?
Justice Mambilima continued, ‘Result for Kabompo West was wrong, even after being corrected, it was still wrong by ZNBC. As ECZ we are not able to speculate because we are still waiting for results from the 29. Please wait for us to declare a winner, don’t allow your cadres to celebrate. We have already seen a lot of false results out there. Let’s not inflame the nation, tell the people we are still waiting for 29 constituencies. Let’s keep calm.’