United Party of National Development (UPND) leader, Hakainde Hichilema has accused the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) of colluding with the PF to alter the 2016 general election results.
Speaking after a meeting of Political Party leaders with ECZ, the UPND leader said that it was unfortunate that the ECZ had failed to deliver the Form G-12 to various polling stations, for compilation of the election results.
“The ECZ (Electoral Commission of Zambia) is somehow conniving with people in the political arena to delay the release of results so that PF thugs armed with guns take over the polling stations at night and write fake results,” United Party for National Development (UPND) candidate Hakainde Hichilema told journalists.
“They are trying to generate the results.”
However, the UPND leader urged his supporters to stay peaceful.
“What is going on is collusion between the PF, Police and the ECZ to steal this result especially presidential results,” he said.
“Don’t fall into their trap to be driven into violence”
This afternoon, the Electoral Commission of Zambia held a closed door meeting with leaders of political parties at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre, the National Results totaling centre, who contested yesterday’s general election. The meeting, which started at about 16.30 hours, ended around 18:20 hours.
The other opposition leader that attended the meeting was FDD’s Edith Nawakwi while President Edgar Lungu was being represented by PF Secretary General, Davies Chama and National Chairman, Ngosa Simbyakula.
Other parties, which have also sent representatives, are Rainbow, UNIP, DA, UPP, Green Party, and PAC.
Meanwhile, FDD leader, Edith Nawakwi disclosed that the meeting agreed that the police should go round some polling stations, where anxiety has heightened.
Ms Nawakwi also said that the discussion was also centred on the release of the election results and the circulation of the G-12 Form to pollings stations.
Earlier, the ECZ had rescheduled the commencement of the announcing of election results to 18 hours.
ECZ Public Relations Manager, Cris Akufuna explained that the decision to reschedule was arrived at consultatively, between the political party agents and commission Chairperson.