The opposition UPND has described the results of the January 20 presidential election released by the Electoral Commission of Zambia as fake.
The party has since demanded that the winner of the election is not declared until the verification of all results is done and consensus about them is established.
In a statement released by its Vice President-Politics Canasious Banda , the UPND said even if this takes weeks, the declaration of the winner must not be based on fraud, but on the truth.
Dr Banda said Zambia is a democracy and every citizen has the responsibility to invest in the growth and maturity of this democracy.
‘The holding of elections is fundamental to this end. It is the expectation of the citizens that through these elections, they will have food on their tables, clean and safe water in their homes, unhindered access to education and healthcare, employment and affordable housing,’ he said.
He added, ‘However, because of the fraud that we have witnessed, this goal of the citizens might remain a pipe dream. It has been observed that though the citizens have confidence in our electoral process, this process is in danger of failing them because of the Patriotic Front’s continued interference.’
‘We are aware of bad elements that are in our midst that are making a mockery of our electoral democracy. Because of their malpractice, their deliberate manipulation of results, citizens are having their vote stolen.’
Dr Banda stated that it is in the interest of every citizen that the ECZ is strengthened and that it conducts truly free and fair elections, because unity and peace in the nation hinge on this.
‘We are aware, as we had earlier warned that the transfer of results of the presidential election held on the 20th January 2015 has been marred with gross and glaring irregularities,’ he said.
Dr Banda charged that many of the results so far publicized by the ECZ do not reflect the actual voting pattern of the citizens as admitted by the ECZ itself.
‘Many of the results have been manipulated to suit the interests of one political party. Many of these results are fake, they are mere products of deception,’ he said.
‘Note that it is the interest of every citizen that accurate results are given. The truth must prevail. All of us collectively as citizens must ask for nothing but the truth. Anything short of this, is unacceptable to the democratic rights of our people.’
Dr Banda has since thanked all Zambians including members of UPND and supporters for the manner in which they have conducted themselves so far.
‘It is only fair that the wishes and aspirations of the Zambian people that cast their vote are respected. The discrepancies in the election results observed so far are a very serious concern that border on national security,’ he warned.
‘We have successfully participated in this election and know that we are headed for victory. It is therefore important that we all handle this matter with the seriousness it deserves. We therefore wish to appeal to all Zambians and stakeholders to let the electoral process to be concluded in a fair, transparent and orderly manner. We further wish to thank all the citizens that voted for expressing their will, and we shall do whatever we can to ensure that their will is respected.’