The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) says the commission is concluding the counting of ballots in all constituencies.
ECZ Chief Electoral Officer Patrick Nshindano said the delay in announcing the results is due to the high voter turnout.
Mr Nshindano said results will be announced as soon as the consolidated results have been finalized.
The chief electoral officer said commission is doing their best to ensure the results are announced on time while the final results will be announced within 72 hours.
ZANIS reports that Mr Nshindano, was speaking during a briefing held at the national results centre where he expressed concern over the sadden attacks at some polling stations that ultimately led to the disruption in voting.
“We are deeply saddened on the levels of violence on poll staff, our plea to political parties is that they cooperate with the commission and allow the poll stuff to do their work so that they conclude with the results,” he said.
He has since called on political parties to cooperate with the commission and allow them to do their work.
Mr Nshindano has also dispelled allegations that some residents were in possession of premarket ballots at Lusaka city council while an ECZ staff is alleged to have stolen ballots.
“As some of you may be aware, this individual was handed over to the police and no evidence was found and the individual was released immediately. As for the stolen ballot papers, the presiding officer indicated that the person they were suspecting was an usher,” he stated.
And United Party for National Development Mazabuka Parliamentary candidate Garry Nkombo afternoon disrupted ECZ election update claiming the results being announced are unverified and will not be supported or accepted by the opposition alliance who have declared themselves winners following yesterday’s polls.
“I am speaking listen when I say so, the results you are about to give us have not been verified by us and we won’t accept them!”
Meanwhile, ECZ Chairperson Patrick Nshindano reminded Mr Nkombo that verification of results for political parties that take part in an election is not done by the ECZ because all political parties are expected to deploy party monitors to do the verification and this process is done In tandem with the Electoral Commission of Zambia and Mr Nkombo was reminded of the process of verification of elections results.
However, ECZ has since postponed the announcement of results scheduled at 17:00hrs to a later time as all political parties have been summoned to be reminded of the Electoral process.