PF determined to rig all five by-elections today

PF determined to rig all five by-elections today

The PF is determined to rig the elections in all the five constituencies where by-elections are taking place today.

The PF wants to have a lot of puppet MPs as it prepares to push through parliament another defective constitution.

To ensure smooth rigging, mobile phone services and Internet access maybe disabled once voting has closed and counting started, according to people in government.

Meanwhile, the ECZ has defied opposition political parties and said it will go ahead to transmit the results electronically just the way the PF wants.

Even though the electronic system is only in official Vubwi and Kasenengwa, it is clandestinely is applicable in all the five constituencies.

In Mkushi, electricity supply has already been cut off under the disguise of Zesco maintenance. Power supply is likely to be cut in all areas having elections today.

And Electoral Commission of Zambia says it will go ahead with the electronic transmission of election results in the Kasenengwa and Vubwi parliamentary by-elections taking place today.

This is despite the rejection of the system by participating opposition political parties.

ECZ Public Relations Officer Raphael Phiri said the electronic system of transmitting election results in Kasenengwa and Vubwi constituencies is a pilot exercise and will not in any way affect the current manual system of collating and declaring election results.

Mr Phiri says the Commission will not use the results obtained through the electronic system for the declaration of the final election results.

He said that the hard copies of the results as announced by Presiding officers at each polling station are those that will be used at the totaling centres by the Returning Officers to collate and declare the final election results.

Mr Phiri explains that using an android (smart) cell phone, after the official announcement of the polling station election results, each Presiding officer will capture the image of the signed election results form at each polling station, and transmit the image using the smart phone simultaneously to the constituency totaling center, and the Commission Headquarters in Lusaka.

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