PF grabbing Mongu while MMD gets all 4 Copperbelt rural constituences

PF grabbing Mongu while MMD gets all 4 Copperbelt rural constituences

Reports reaching the Watchdog indicate that the Patriotic Front has won the Mongu central seat in Western province at parliamentary level.

And the ruling MMD is headed for victory in all the four rural constituencies of the Copperbelt province, according to election monitors on the ground.

In Kafulafuta Constituency, PF candidate Patrick Mwanawasa has all but conceded defeat as he confirmed that he was behind by more than one thousand votes with more than 90 percent votes counted.

The MMD is leading in Masaiti and Mpongwe at parliamentary and presidential level.

Meanwhile, Reuters news agency reports that the outcome of Zambia’s presidential election was still too close to call on Wednesday as vote counting continued a day after Africa’s top copper producer went to the polls.

The closely contested campaign has seen Michael Sata, leader of the opposition Patriotic Front (PF) and a vocal critic of Chinese mining investment, challenge President Rupiah Banda, head of the Movement for Multi-party Democracy.

Votes were still being counted early on Wednesday, officials said, after many polling places in the southern African country open later than planned.

“Our results are announced by constituencies. We have received results but none of them make up a constituency. Our hope is that around 0900 this morning (0700 GMT) we should have at least one complete constituency,” said Cris Akufuna, spokesman for Electoral Commission of Zambia.

The one major opinion poll published before the Sept. 20 vote gave Banda a slender lead over his rival, whom he beat by just 35,000 votes, or two percent of the electorate, in a 2008 presidential run-off.

“The picture is still likely the same as it has been in the past, with the PF being favoured in urban areas and the MMD having an upper hand in rural areas,” said one election monitor who declined to be identified.

“It is still very close to tell the winner.” said one election monitor who declined to be identified.

Sata’s main support base is in the capital, Lusaka, and the northern Copper Belt, which are likely to report results before the countryside, where Banda claims most of this backing.

 

 

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