Sata still ahead as people desert Lusaka

Sata still ahead as people desert Lusaka

Latest official results by the ECZ show that Patriotic Front candidate Michael Sata is still leading but most of his strongholds have been counted.

And most shops in Lusaka have been closed as fear of riots breaking out in the capital spread.

In Ndola some shops belonging to foreigners have been burnt and good stolen.

Meanwhile, president Rupiah Banda’s Special Advisor for Political Affairs Francis Chigunta is expected to address the nation. It is not yet clear what he wants to talk about but the Watchdog understands that he will appeal for calm in the face of riots in some parts of the country.

According to the latest confirmed tally from 85 of 150 constituencies, Sata had 639,787 votes against 542,362 for President Rupiah Banda of the Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD).

 

According to ECZ’s announced results; UPND Hakainde Hichilema has 247,284 votes.

NAREP’s Elias Chipimo has polled 5,764 votes.  ADD’s Charles Milupi 5,764 with UNIP’s Tilyenji Kaunda getting 5,644.

FDD’s Edith Nawakwi has amassed 3,602 votes.

The final result is expected to be announced tonight.

And the Electoral Commission of Zambia-ECZ says it is not in a position to declare results now in the presidential race because not all results from the 150 constituencies have been received and verified.

ECZ Chairperson Irene Mambilima also says the commission has not finalized presidential results to necessitate the Chief Justice to declare the winner.

Justice Mambilima reiterates that the commission will not sacrifice announcing accurate results for speed.

She says this in reaction to some stakeholders calling for the speedy announcement of the presidential results.

Justice Mambilima says the commission and other stakeholders gave themselves a deadline of 48 working hours within which to release results.

She says the 48 working hours has not even elapsed and has called on political parties to allow the Commission do its job smoothly.

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