File: A woman of casts her vote in a by-election
File: A woman of casts her vote in a by-election

Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG) says based on its Parallel Voter Tabulation (PVT),Zambians should have considerable confidence that the official election results as announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia reflect the ballots cast at polling stations.

CCMG a coalition comprising four faith based organisations namely, the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ), the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) and the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) and with Caritas Zambia under ZEC says an independent verification of the official results shows that not only are the ECZ’s official results consistent with the PVT estimates, but that voting and counting proceeded with only minor issues at the overwhelming majority of polling stations and polling streams.

The CCMG points out that the PF had party agents at 93% of polling stations during counting and at just 3% of those stations did PF party agents not sign the official results, while at 97% of polling stations a UPND party agent was present during counting and again at only 3% of polling stations did the UPND party agent not sign the official results form.

They further add that at 98% of polling stations all political party agents present were given a copy of the official results form and at 98% of polling stations the official results were also posted for the public to see.

The CCMG says all of this clearly demonstrates that it was a credible process and that the ECZ’s official results reflect the ballots cast at polling stations and polling streams.

The CCMG has since called on the winners to be magnanimous in victory and for those who did not make it this time to recognize that this is not the country’s last election, but that voters will go to the polls again in 2016 and hence all candidates and parties will have another opportunity to convince voters that they have the best policies for the country and would make the best representatives of the people.

The CCMG has however expressed concern with the low voter turnout despite the credibility of the Election Day processes.

They note that low voter participation undermines the credibility of the democratic institutions and elected leaders.
The CCMG says there is need for more analysis to be understand why voters did not participate and how to ensure a higher voter turnout in 2016.

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43 COMMENTS

    • yes!! bla bla bla keep the peace plus poverty wrapped in lies,,, incredible credible lies,,, go and confess your sins

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    • lusaka central had NOT witneses ,,, none of the polling agents were present in Lusaka ,,, while villagers in shangombo or mafinga signed

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    • This Mugabe the PF keep befriending will mess this land called ZAMBIA. He has already messed up his country, now he wants to do Zambia now.Stay away from him.

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    • It should be construed from this report that collaborative evidence is lacking for UPND’s allegation that PF rigged the election.

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  1. This issue is done with. It’s, in fact, not only stale but boring too. Let’s hop forward, with President Lungu, please!

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  2. Lusaka Times please confirm for us: Zimbabwe and South Africa media are reporting that Mugabe was booed in lusaka. Is this true?
    They say Mugabe was confronted at the swearing in ceremony by Zambian protesters who shouted that Mugabe must go

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    • WHAT WAS THE INTENTIONS OF THE ECZ TO EMPLOY AN IT SPECIALIST FROM ZIMBABWE?ARE YOU TELLING THE NATION THAT AFTER 50 YRS ZAMBIA CAN NOT HAVE THEIR OWN IT SPECIALISTS?IT WAS FOR OBVIOUS REASONS?RIGGING!

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  3. The only PVT we haven’t seen is the UPND which only depark and HH could comment on. Grow up pick your pieces and move on, you cant rely on an Opinon poll that does not give basic information about the integrity of the data and how it is Processed +++.
    Us we are already enjoying Zambia in the 6th republic so chil and wait for 2016 hopefully it wont be you again cause you will lose heavily.

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  4. we are to blame becoz we did not vote thats why HH might think he is a factor. Belv me next year we shall register and vote to kill. luapula will bury southrn while northen will bury western and north western. muchinga will swalo whatever HH will get from central, rural parts of lusaka and lamba lands. lusaka, copperbelt and eastern will be wining votes for PF

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    • ARE UPND LETTING HH STAND AGAIN?????????? WAOW!!!!!!!!!
      HOW F00LISH! MAYBE UPND IS MORE THAN HAPPY JUST TO TAKE PART IN THE ELECTIONS. HOW CAN THEY LET A POLITICAL FAILURE CONTINUE FAILING????????????

      YOU F00LS TRY SOMEONE ELSE WHO IS MARKETABLE. HH HAS BEEN VOMITED BY PEOPLE SO MANY TIMES HE AREN’T JUST GONNA BE PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA NO MATTER WHAT. THIS WAS HIS GREATEST CHANCE WHEN ALL GREAT PARTIES WERE IN DISARRAY. BUT HE BLEW IT BY INSULTING THE ELECTORATES AND OVER-PROMISING EACH ZAMBIAN WITH A CANDY FLOSS EVERY AFTERNOON. THEY SAW THROUGH HIS LIES AND VOMITED HIM.

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    • So you admit that you are tribalists and you voted on tribal lines. Let me tell you that the consequences of what you are promoting will spare no one, not even you. Ask the people of Rwanda, Sudan and Somali. At the end of the day they will be no Zambia to talk about. Also just to remind about the presidential results in 2006 when the bembaphone did not vote for You are playing with fire. Having said that I want to advise to wait for the next few days when the rebranding of PF will start. RB said it and Jere has also been talking about it. PF will be rebranded just like MMD was rebranded during Mwanawasa according to Jere. By the end of the year they will be PF to talk about. Wait for Sampa to form his political party and do not forget about the Rainbow Party. Continue dreaming!

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    • IF THAT MENTALITY CONTINUES,ZAMBIA IS HEADED FOR A SPLIT.MARK MY WORDS.
      PEOPLE FROM WESTERN ,SOUTHERN,CENTRAL ,NORTH WESTERN PROVINCES AND NDOLA RURAL ARE PEACEFUL AND FRIENDLY PEOPLE AND THAT IS WHY THERE HAS NEVER BEEN BLOOD SHED.THE MOMENT THEY SPLIT AND YOU REMAIN ALONE ALL HELL WILL BREAK LOOSE.

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    • @PETER JUST SHUT UP YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT.IN 18 MONTHS ZAMBIA WILL BE GOING TO THE POLLS AGAIN.UPND HAS IT’S PROGRAMMES AND POLICIES IN PLACE.

      THIS LOSS WAS ACTUALLY A BLESSING IN DISGUISE BECAUSE IT WAS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT TO TO ACHIEVE ANYTHING IN 18 MONTHS.
      UPND’S CAMPAIGNS WERE NOT BASED ON THE CONFUSIONS IN PF OR MMD.

      THE MESSAGE WAS SIMPLE.A UNITED ZAMBIA WHERE THE RESOURCES ARE SHARED EQUALLY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE WHOLE ZAMBIA.THAT IS WHY TI WAS DUBBED ZAMBIA UNITED.YOU CAN SAY WHAT YOU WANT COME 2016 ,UPND IS FIELDING HH.

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    • The best is to cut Zambia into two, Barotseland being Lozis, Tongas, Luvales, etc. We are tired of some majority Bembas and Chewas that hate us with passion, church leaders for that matter. And honestly we don’t trust them too. No love lost to go separate ways through referendum.

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    • @ 6.4 Mubita

      It’s the pigmentation of Zambian politics that many of us in the other camp, are yet to grasp!

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    • The problem is that you refuse to think before u say anything! Bamuselela kwakaba ni GBM na Munkombwe! They thot the wind was blowing as they thot! I hope Munkombwe has already found someone to adopt him! How will he survive outside govt? Aloba ilyauma

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  5. If indobo (hashishi) was not on the computer but voting for HH when others were voting maybe HH could have been the person standing there now!

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  6. The proclaimed ‘booing’ video came before Mugabe touched the stadium. A friend in Zim sent the video. It seems it’s a ZWD, Zimbabwean version gimmick. We love ‘Bob’ here in Zambia.

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    • HA HA,LOOK AND LISTEN TOWARDS THE END OF THE VIDEO,YOU WILL SEE THE JANZA SYMBOL,FORWARD ZAMBIA

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  7. That’s the problem with these UPND lunatics! They don’t know when to say what! President Mugabe is a distinguished son of Africa and with all due respect, he shud not be dragged into your funeral. He may have messed up Zim but is that ur problem? Let Zims complain about that!!!!! *****s

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  8. In fact its these useless en directionless online media establishments like our ZWD who survive on spreading lies who started the Mugabe fuss thru a fake video done out there in Zim while Zwd was busy with lies that HE Lungu was ill! Never ever in my life will I go to ZWD site again! They are Stinking Satanists!!!

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  9. Lungu, should look at Diplomatic Missions, which do not perform properly, need to be replaced, immediately, to clean up the system.

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  10. We will be back in 2016 we are not worried since you will be in Office till next year to hand over power to us. Enjoy it while it lasts

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  11. UPND had strong air power albeit employed frail foot soldiers – am I correct? Otherwise, how does one explain such mediocrity as they displayed in Central Province?

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  12. Mubita, don’t see a spake in your friend’s eye leaving a log in your eye. Check yourself first, you are the critical factor.

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  13. There is no question that UPND had a semblance of success in canvassing its manifesto nationwide. Akin to the US air campaign against ISIS, however, UPND’s fanciful air campaign strategy was costlier and less effective. An incessant ground battle would have been less costly and more effective. I note for instance that the voter turn-out rate, among other factors, was too low.

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  14. HH now has to pay back all those investors that funded UPND’s campaigns. This is what happens when you are proud.

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    • @Mwanawakwitu, you must be an Imbecile if you can’t acknowledge that people like HH, Nawakwi, Chipimo, etc have gone out of their way to offer themselves for public service. Get this in your wicked head that these are people who have made it in life who want to help the poor of our society! What they are doing 95% of Zambians have no heart or courage to do. So personally I get offended when I come across imbeciles like Mwanawkwitu!

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  15. As a country, we need to start the inevitable journey of doing things logically and properly as compared to this kindergarten and shambles type of approach. In my view, the Christian Churches Monitoring Group should have first arranged an opportunity to share their findings with participating political parties as well as the ECZ. Afterwards make their statement, which would have benefited from the concerns and views of the political parties and ECZ. But you know what, Zambians have embraced mediocrity/nepotism so anything goes as long as the preamble is humbleness/nepotism!

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  16. IF UPND AS A PARTY IS TO WIN THE PRESIDENCY,THEN THEY MUST REPLACE UNSELLABLE AND TRIBAL HH WITH A NON TONGA LEADER!!with new registered voters,dry weather, stable PF leadership and high turn out in PF strongholds in 2016,HH will lose heavily!!!the mass celebrations of Edgar Lungu’s victory confirms how majority Zambians still love PF!!!IN 2016 HH WILL HAVE NO CHANCE LIKE HE HAD NOW,MARK MY WORDS!!!GO PF GO!!!

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    • Do not worry. UPND will always win on the social media such ZWD. Imagine by Wednesday after voting on Tuesday – UPND through ZWD had already won the election even when voting continued up to Thursday/Friday.

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  17. We can’t believe you because you try to speak the “truth” when it’s too late. We only had fair election when Chiluba was elected. Hope your vote is right this time, but you are wrong again. Peace you will enjoy but poverty continues.

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  18. NO VOTES WERE STOLEN PERIOD. IN ZAMBIA NO LOSING PARTY HAS EVER CONCEDED DEFEAT AND THIS IS SUPRISING TO HEAR FROM UPND. THE PROBLEM IS THAT UPND RELIED TOO MUCH ON ZAMBIAN WATCHDOG WHICH WAS COOKING UP THE NUMBER OF VOTES THEY WON AND ALSO ON MUVI TV FAKE OPPINION POLLS AND THIS MADE THEM OVER CONFIDENT. ALL THE PVTs SHOW THE SAME FIGURES WITH ECZ I.E. TIZ, CHURCHES MONITORING TEAM, INDEPENDENT MONITORING TEAM. CAN UPND PVT SHOW US THEIRS WHICH IS DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS. CAN THEY POINT OUT WHERE VOTES WERE STOLEN FROM WITH SPECIFIC FIGURES. CHIBA.

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