Tuesday, June 18, 2024

High voter turnout delays result announcements-ECZ

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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.

UPND chairman elections Garry Nkomba speaking during question and answer at National Results Center Mulungushi conference center in Lusaka
UPND chairman elections Garry Nkomba speaking during question and answer at National Results Center Mulungushi conference center in Lusaka

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.

11 COMMENTS

  1. NO LIES THIS TIME AROUND , AS WE HAVE VOTED AND SUPPORTED HH AND THE UPND
    TO HAVE A CHANGE TO SHOW WHAT THEY ARE MADE OFF

  2. Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee

    So they really think they can manipulate this election and manufacture a win for Lungu? Unbelievable!

  3. Elections results verifications are a preserve of individual political parties. ECZ only sums them up for totalled numbers. Kindly don’t attack the messenger. HH has put up a resilient fight this far.

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  4. Give them time to pack their bags. This will teach them not to hold back development until the last day of elections. UPND, Zambia has discovered the ballot so good behaviour is expected otherwise you will only serve 1 term. We want to see equal distribution of wealth. The provinces responsible for your victory are in a hurry to catch up with the rest. NW, Western, Southern and Eastern need economic emancipation sharp sharp. Anyway let me be the first to say congratulations.

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  5. ECZ stop your nonsense. You are just delaying the inevitable. Just because someone tells you to delay then you delay. These are the type of antics that cause frustration and riots.

  6. The issue is that, results for Feira have been changed by ECZ. ECL obtained 6000+ votes vs HH with 4000+ based on the signed Gen20a forms. However, ECZ took 70 votes from HH and added to Lungu’s tally – that is the issue. This is what has stopped the announcements from proceeding

  7. This was a test take a little on the first if no objection then eventually the numbers will be manipulated even more well spotted keep eyes on the ball every single vote matters

  8. Soon damaged invalid ballots will start to increase so its a good job you guys are doing to protect our vote the peoples protest vote

  9. What nonsense is this from ECZ?? The announcement of results should have been planned on the basis of 100% voter turnout. Only an incompetent ECZ can proudly say the high voter turnout delays announcement of results!! ECZ take your responsibilities seriously please. Dont frustrate people more!!

  10. The Electoral Commission of Zambia was caught with their hands in the cookie jar ??? when they tried to announce unverified votes from Feira in Luangwa.

    Surely ECZ Commission surely. Shame on you ECZ Commission shame on you

    They got about 70 votes from HH and added to Lungu’s total. And the document had not even been certified which the commission wanted to announce results from. The stakeholders in the room objected quickly and that’s how ECZ Commission stood and left the room.
    Lungu is done and trying to manipulate the results won’t work because the observers from every polling station have already sent the results to party leaders in Lusaka.

    Give people the right verified data

  11. Never before have we ever had such a delay in results, Chi colour Lungu trying hard to rig…. Kolw3 iwe u have lost,

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