Voting is progressing well in the Mulobezi parliamentary constituency in Western province despite starting on a slow note.
Most polling stations opened at 06:00 hours this morning and voting is expected to end at 18:00 hours.
Voters started casting their ballots soon after the polling stations were opened.
ZANIS reports that at Sichili Basic School, five people cast their vote a few minutes later to choose a Member of Parliament of their choice.
Angela Kayawe, a voter expressed optimism that the MP who will be chosen in today’s election will not disappoint the electorates but deliver the much required development in Mulobezi constituency.
Ms. Kayawe hoped the new MP will address the poor quality of water, bad roads and lack of medical facilities in the area.
At Kanyimba polling station, 20 people had voted after one hour of opening the station.
However, Kanyimba polling stream presiding officer Kabasiya Muyunda bemoaned the low turnout of voters while at Namakala polling station, nine people had voted.
According to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) 2011 register, Mulobezi constituency has got 32 polling stations with 13, 662 registered voters.
Five candidates are vying for the Mulobezi seat.
Meanwhile, the situation is calm in the constituency and there is heavy presence of police to quash violence if it recurs.
Yesterday, Mulobezi police picked up one person in connection with a shooting incident and charged him with conduct likely to cause breach of peace.
Violence heightened at 22:00 hours and police recovered machetes and catapults from suspected UPND cadres.
Police arrested 18 more suspected UPND cadres for allegedly being in possession of offensive weapons.
Western Province Divisional Criminal Investigation Officer Boniface Ngwira said in an interview that he will later issue a comprehensive statement on the violence.
And Voting in the Malambo parliamentary by-election started on a low note this morning.
A survey conducted by ZANIS found very few people trickling to polling stations to elect their preferred candidate.
At Yosefe polling station, 16 people had cast their votes in all the three streams by 06:20 hours.
PF candidate, Jack Shuma, and his UPND counterpart, John Phiri cast their votes at Yosefe polling station.
Mr. Phiri cast his vote at 06:45 hours while Mr. Shuma voted ten minutes later at 06:55 hours.
By 07:10 hours, 47 out of the 727 registered voters had cast their votes at Kakumbo Turn off polling station.
Malambo constituency has a total of 35 polling stations with 28,053 registered voters.
The Malambo parliamentary seat fell vacant about three years ago following a court injunction by the PF against the then MP, Maxwell Mwale of MMD for election malpractice prior to his election in 2011.
Four candidates are contesting the seat with Jack Shuma and Peter Phiri standing on the PF and UPND tickets respectively.
UNIP is fielding Jailas Mchenga while the only female candidate, Florence Mwayopa is an independent candidate.