Counting of ballots is underway in Zambia 2016 general election

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Electoral officers checking the ballot boxes
Electoral officers checking the ballot boxes

Counting of ballots is underway in Zambia 2016 general election after polls closed at 18 hours .

In Livingstone voting closed around 18: 00 hours in several polling stations of the Constituency with a sustained high voter turnout.

A check at Dambwa Central Welfare Hall, Old Boma, Rainbow, Mars Clinic and Dambwa Basic School revealed that the voting process has closed around 18: 00 hours.

However, there were few cases where voting opened slightly after 06:00 hours in the morning and the polls closed after 18:00 hours to accommodate the lost time.

By 19:00 hours, the counting of ballot papers had started in most stations.

Southern Province Commissioner of Police Godwin Phiri said the voting exercise had been very peaceful in the Province from the time that polls opened around 06:00 hours.

However, there some polling stations that delayed to open at 6am and will not have closed at 18hours.

Meanwhile voting is under way at Muchinga in Mansa Central due to high voter turnout because as long as a voter turned up for voting before 18 hours they cannot be turned away until the cast the vote.

Muchinga Presiding Officer John Kalombo said the station has 4, 995 voters and by press time over 3,000 had voted.

The Presiding Officer at Kaole Rest House Lumanda Evans in Bahati constituency said 1 500 had cast their votes at close time.

At the Civic centre polling station Mansa Central only 400 electorates cast their ballots out of the 800 registered number of voters.

Meanwhile the Electoral Commission of Zambia says it will follow up with the suppliers of the self-inking stamps used in the official marking of ballot papers in today’s polls.

ECZ Director Priscilla Isaac says the stamps used in the voting process were giving faint marks after marking a certain number of ballots.

Speaking during a briefing at the Results Center this evening, Mrs Isaac said the polling staff were advised to mark the ballot papers with the word “Official” in the presence of monitors and polling agents.

Mrs Isaac said the alternative provision communicated to poll staff is the use of ink pads.

Meanwhile, the commission has disclosed that voting in selected wards of Nalolo started at 16:05.

Mrs Isaac said the polling staff had challenges delivering the election materials due to the bad terrain in the area.

She explained that the first vehicle as well as the retrieval one broke down.

She however disclosed that the ECZ has arranged with Zambia Airforce to have the staff retrieved once voting closes in the early hours of the morning.

Meanwhile Residents and electoral stakeholders in Mansa Luapula province say the high voter turn out recorded in today’s polls is a clear indication that Zambia is a champion of democracy and beacon of Peace in Africa.

100 COMMENTS

    • Just heard on radio phoenix he claims he is a founder member of the pf and there is no way he is resigning from the party.

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    • After years of being insulted as tukolwe from Katanga and embeba from Malawi, Zambians resolved to show tonga that they are doomed minority and in no ways can they ever realize their regional dream without the people they have been insulting. The massive turn-out in Luapula, Northern, Muchinga, Eastern, Kopala, and Lusaka not forgetting central urban means tongaism has been summarily buried today. They will have to revert to kral zones dreaming.

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    • Is it even necessary to vote in Zambia? Third hungriest country in the world.This is a country that has been taken over by corrupt and tribal politicians.

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    • Observer! Please. Respect, Tribes if you are a Christian you would have had a heart that beats. seems like you’re a Tribe from Evolution. Forward once more

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    • NEWS REACHING MY DESK HAS IT THAT CHITOMBWA HAS RUN MAD AND IS AT THE MOMENT BEEN GIVEN MENTAL HEALTH CARE.

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    • SO DELIVERING THE ELECTION BALLOTS WASN’T IMPORTANT ENOUGH FOR ZAF TO BE FLYING, WHILST THEY COULD FLY A FEW “WHO.R.ES” TO THEIR DANCING EXTRAVAGANZA!!

      ALL THEY SEEM INTERESTED IN IS FLYING BACK THE BALLOTS- SO THEY CAN HAVE A CHANCE TO CHANGE THEM TO THEM “UN-MARKED” UN-OFFICIAL BALLOTS!!!!

      BALLOT ARRIVING AT 1600HRS IS UNFORGIVABLE!!!!!!! ONE CANNOT START DESCRIBING IT AS NEGLIGENCE, but SHEAR ARROGANCE, DISDAIN & PURE MALICE FOR THE ELECTORATE!!
      THIS IS GRAND LARCENY OF OUR VOTES!!!! IT IS MERCILESSLY CALCULATED TO RIG THIS ELECTION!!!
      WE ARE COUNTING ALL THESE SEEMINGLY SMALL MISHAPS- WE KNOW WHAT IS AT PLAY – YOU WILL NOT GET AWAY WITH IT!!!

      WE KNOW A BIT ABOUT “HITTING THE BUNKERS”, be rest assured YOU WILL NOT ENJOY A STOLEN VOTE!!!

      #MURDERERCHAGWAMUSTFALL!!!…

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    • The PF criminal enterprise is dead and buried. Those looters will not be missed. Bye bye Polio Feaces.

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  1. I HOPE SOME PEOPLE WILL START POSTING SOME RESULTS ONLINE. THOUGH WITH SO MANY LIES FROM UPND, YOU CANNOT TRUST RESULTS FROM THEM. SO MANY LIES
    1. KAMBWILI HAS RESIGNED – LIES
    2. A PLANE LANDED AT KKIA CARRYING PRE-MARKED BALLOTS – LIES (THEY WENT WITH MUVI TV CAMERAS)
    3. A UPND CADRE HAD A HAND CHOPPED OFF BY PF – LIES
    4. ECZ TRUCKS CARRYING PRE-MARKED BALLOTS IN LIVINGSTONE AND MUKUSHI – LIES
    ETC

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    • Kambwli gone into oblivion?
      – truth

      Foreigners arrested in the process of voting?

      – truth

      A plane brought in ballot papers that where not stamped?
      – truth, Isaacs advising polling agents to mark them manually “Official”

      PF rigging elections?
      – candidate for serenje or is it MKUSHI interviewed by police this morning

      What more proof who one need?

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  2. Many thanks for voting out PF. It’s time to reunite Zambian people’s so that we can live as one. There have been so much hate amongst ourselves. Tiyende Padmzi friends because we are one regardless of our political affiliation. It’s time for all of us to congratulate the president elect HH and wish him the very best with God’s blessings.

    Thank you

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    • May God have mercy on you. We love God as Zambians. We do not want leaders who respect money than God. See what your upnd leader who claims to have so much money did to the poor people in namwala. The Bible encourages us to help the poor. He is using his money to oppress the poor. God is watching, we will see.

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    • Don’t Involve God in Politics, Remember God uses anyone regardless there character, remember that of Soul who was named Paul, He was a killer who became a healer. So Don’t judge and say God this God that. Let us have respect for the Word God, Not to be mentioned anyhow, but with due Respect as we do it in Israel. We have so much respect for God’s names each time we mention it, Let his name be Glorified….ore God’s plans for us are not man’s plans for us.

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    • Its time to congratulate the President Elect, who ever it will be, not necessarily HH. Thats maturity and patriotism.

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    • Munali
      Kalundu Basic polling station stream 4.
      HH 228
      El 183.
      Am sending these results live
      Kalundu basic stream 3
      HH 271
      EL 168

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    • Pr Mwansa where does leadership come from? Is a politician not a person made by God? Am not judging because God alone can judge but i can sensor a character of a being and that does not mean judgement.

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  3. UPND will experience the shock of their lives. We didn’t just vote in January last year. LUNGU is winning by not less than 58%.We have learnt from Tonga’s how to vote

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    • Don’t worry about aba Tonga. They are less than 15% of the register. So namubadununa by over 80% for Chagwa Lungu!

      Take out the champagne bottle and toast to the landslide!!!

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  4. As for you HH and HBM, live by your promises. One are you may wish to tackle immediately, is the reduction of ministerial positions especially that of deputy because they are irrelevant. We seem to have forgotten the most experienced, qualified portfolio in ministries and that is of Permanent Secretary. Any sitting presidents life will be comfortable if they respected this very important office.

    All the best HH, you have put up a good battle from 2006 I truly think you deserve this presidency.

    God bless Zambia

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    • Goliath thought he was clever. Alot of philistines were cheering for him and despised David since Goliath had physical advantage. Heaven has to say yes for one to be president in Zambia.

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  5. Lundazi high school Poling station for Presidential;station
    PF 223 upnd 85
    Nchanga Secondary
    HH 159 EL 268

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  6. Ichalo Lifupa. The actual figures from Chilenje Community Hall: ECL 4383 HH 2545. Don’t be in denial check this space tomorrow. I am going to bed a very hapay person knowing that Kabwata has spoken

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  7. MATURES DO NOTHING BUT WAIT
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    Ndeloleshafye! Waiting for official exit polls!

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  8. This election has once.more confirmed the Northwest and Northeast divide that needs to be healed.

    Both parties have maintained grip on their tribal support base with UPND making large gains along line of rail.

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  9. I’m glad and happy with overall results so far as I have access to results. U5 go well. We will not miss your cry babysm

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  10. Some of you UPND chaps must know wisdom comes with age, having been around for some years and worked in several capacities I know what I’m saying when I say ECL and Team PF are winning this and my record of accurate forcasting even here on Lsk Times archives is clear proof.

    I foresee PF winning the first round but not by over 50 percent meaning a second round is inevitable- however HH will not want to risk a 6th time loss and as such I don’t see HH contesting for the runoff- I would not rule out HH pleading for a coalition.

    Which ever way it turns out ECL and Team PF are winning only a real fool in denial can fail to see this.

    It is simple logic, “in the contexy of African politics, you can only unseat a sitting govt when 90 percent of the populace are ready to effect that…

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  11. John kachofa Stadium Polling Station in Mufulira under Mufulira Central: Presidential: ECL 2,113, HH 573 and this pattern is common at all Polling stations under Mufulira Central! Welldone Mufken people!

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    • @ Lutuku: For your information, Kamuchanga Township has a population of over 10,000 people! Sorry boi bola naikosa for your NGO upnd.

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  12. Chavuma Polling Station in Kalulushi: ECL 1784, HH 723! Pattern is same in all Polling Stations under Kalulushi Constituency!

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    • n’t worry about aba Tonga. They are less than 15% of the register. So namubadununa by over 80% for Chagwa Lungu! HH has no support elsewhere other than SP. ECL has kolopad in 9 provinces!!

      Take out the champagne bottle and toast to the landslide!!!

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  13. Zambians why deciding your presidency on tribal grounds, if the Tonga guy is good enough to turn around the fortunes of your lovely country then placing him well will such a strategy, but from your chats its like the selection is done on tribal grounds instead of merit. soon you will join your neighbours where voting is done because you are a shona. wake up and get to face the real world

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    • Hh and his people started what you call tribal voting pattern. He told his people not to vote for referendum. I heard nasty comments when i went to vote this morning. I felt like i was not among my country men and women.

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  14. Its because thats how Tongas behave,they are selfish people.Mazoka was better that this boastiful HH

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  15. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU SEE A TRIBAL MAN COMING YOUR WAY? YOU QUICKLY SHIELD YOUR CHILDREN AND PROTECT THEM AGAINST THE TRIBAL VICE.

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  16. Is it even necessary to vote in Zambia? Third hungriest country in the world.This is a country that has been taken over by corrupt and tribal politicians.

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  17. I can’t wait for HH to be President, just an opinion, though the vie is quite unpredictable… Cheers

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  18. Hahaha the PF bloggers are already getting excited. What is certain is that UPND has made in-roads into PF strongholds and not vice versa.

    Already UPND has a strong showing in Eastern Province. Keep celebrating as the numbers continue to come in, bane, you will need to for a good night’s sleep.

    Bye-bye to PF thuggery.

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  19. Keep on l comforting yourself on upnd you think HH will ever become a president? He will forever be a president of upnd not Zambia

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  20. Uluse fye ine mwe. Tribalism backward thinking and absurd mentalities, no wonder the world laughs at us. Some of the people posting here actually have children God help them and God bless Zambia because this commenting is sad. Overall may the best man (party) win. We are watching and if anyone has any sense you will disregard these poll results and take this seriously campaigning is over now it’s time to speak via the ballot, and for Gods sake take pride in public debate as fellow statesmen and women. Name calling and baseless rhetoric should change bane the world is watching. Take care all

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  21. I wish a vote for an educated man cn be counted twice…zambians are jx too far frm been fair..ati dununa,,honestly?anway wait and live

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  22. Congrats HH for putting up a good fight and we wish well in your retirement from active politics. We warmly applaud the new Zambian president His Excellence Edgar Lungu.

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    • Ndola central, Bwana Mkubwa, Edgar leading. Chingola with results from rural stations, Edgar leads narrowly. Lambaland is still for HH as anticipated.

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  23. Ndola Kabushi it’s a white wash for both Bowman and Edgar averaging over 80% so far. It’s too early let’s continue keeping our fingers crossed

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  24. Hope UPND supporters will now learn that paid bloggers do not win elections. Even if you blog 50 times in a day under different Bemba & Ngoni names, only your 1 vote count during elections. Edgar can now start preparing for inauguration as HH starts preparing their petition. In Kasama, GBM’s daughter has been wired and has fled the totalling to avoid further imbarrassment.

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  25. The tactics of UPND to turnish the running of our elections will not work. Observers are at all polling stations. Just explain in Tonga how one would stuff those premarked ballots in the transparent ballot box in front of all observers. Can we be serious as normal human beings for once. We warned that election are won by voters and bloggers and your Watchdog. 2021 will be the same unless you change your strategies.

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  26. It is so sad that an ***** becomes an accidental president, and then, through deliberate idiocy, unwittingly puts the country on the path of dictatorships and thuggery the way of Uganda, Somalia and Iraq. The die was cast when Lungu came on the scene. Backward individuals drag their countries and societies to precipice

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  27. Have all along doubted the credential of UPND Lawyer, Madame Mushipe.
    How on earth can she come with allegations of a person voting more than six times.
    She come up with fake ballot papers as having picked from the alleged person.

    Why was this person not handed over to the police baffles we the Learned People.
    Asked for evidence to be handed over to ECZ from last night up to now , nothing has been given.

    She is one of those fake, quack lawyers blemishing the name of LAZ and Zambia to the international
    community that ECZ is not creditable.

    Shame to Ms. Mushipe

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  28. Excuse me is UPND a cow or human. Looks like the thinking is too shallow. Read the mood.

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