PF candidate Edgar Lungu extended his lead in Tuesday’s tightly contested presidential race polling 780,691 votes from 141 constituencies representing 48.3 percent.
UPND President Hakainde Hichilema polled 752,850 votes and accounting for 46.70 percent.
There are now nine constituencies remaining to be verified and results announced.
The remaining constituencies are Mafinga, Lukulu West, Chama North and Chama South, Mfuwe, Kanchibiya, Mufumbwe, Sikongo and Luena.
This is according to the latest official results released by the Electoral Commission of Zambia as at 22:00 Hours.
MMD’s Nevers Mumba has reassumed his third position polling 13,971 which accounts for 0.87 percent.
Ms. Edith Nawakwi is now on third position with 13,597 representing 0.84 percent of the votes counted and verified.
About 1.612 Zambians have so far voted in this election with average percentage turn out standing at 32.45 percent.
And ECZ Chairperson Ireen Mambilima says the Commission will not rush into declaring a winner before verifying the remaining nine constituencies.
Justice Mambilima said the Commission will wait to exhaust the verification process of the remaining nine constituencies because the difference between the two leading contenders of around 29,000 is less than the 196,691 registered voters.
‘This is a very tight race and we have nine constituencies to report. It is not safe to declare a winner because we may end up declaring a wrong candidate. We have assessed the situation and we will not rush the process because the race is extremely tight,’ Justice Mambilima said.
She appealed to citizens and all stakeholders to keep their cool and see this process to the end adding that there is no need for immature celebrations.
‘I wish to reiterate that until we declare the winner, there is no winner, let us maintain patience,’ she said.
Justice Mambilima said the delay in concluding the process has been caused by circumstances far beyond the control of the Commission.
‘We believe it is better to get a correct result than rush through and get an incorrect result. We are almost there.’