As widely expected, the ruling Patriotic Front has easily retained their Mansa Central Constituency by election seat with a landslide vote when their candidate Dr. Chitalu Chilufya polled 9,671 while FDD’s Alfred Mwape was a distant run up with 1,279 votes.
MMD’s Alfred Kapolyo got 1,103 while UPND Chikonde Rosemary trailed with 388 and UNIP Mwelwa Charles got 162.
Announcing the results at Mansa Municipal Council Chamber around 03.00 hours, Returning Officer Robert Zimba declared Dr. Chilufya as a winner.
He said 166 were rejected while there was no disputed ballot paper in the voting exercise.
The seat was held by late Information and Broadcasting Minister Kennedy Sakeni who had beaten Dr. Chitalu in 2011 elections when he (Dr. Chitalu) stood on the former ruling party MMD.
The victory was so widely expected and a huge relief to PF that has been losing elections with similar margins in other parts of the country.
President Michael Sata actually spent more time in the air (chopper) than on the ground and his only message in area, where he only spent about 10 minutes on the ground, was to disparage and insult people and their MPs for using pit-latrins 49 years after independence and calling their MPs illiterates.
In 2011, the following were the parliamentary results:
SAKENI Kennedy ,PF 17,495
CHILUFYA Chitalu ,MMD 10,949
KAPULA Webby ,UNIP 187
KOMBE Jecap ,FDD 99
UPND did not field a candidate