Polling agents, European Union (EU) observers together with ECZ officials and Police officers witnessing the counting of ballot papers cast at Shangombo basic School in Western Province

Polling agents, European Union (EU) observers together with ECZ officials and Police officers witnessing the counting of ballot papers cast at Shangombo basic School in Western Province

The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has explained the delay in announcing election results from the rest of the country to the public through the official election results centre that has been set up at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka.

ECZ Public Relations Manager, Cris Akufuna explained this morning that the Commission has not yet received consolidated results from any of the 150 constituencies in Zambia.

ZANIS reports that Mr. Akufuna said the ECZ has however received results from some totalling centres from around the country but not the general total results from constituencies.

He said results are announced only when total results from a particular constituency have been received and added.

The ECZ Official also explained the delay to local election monitors, international election observers, civil society organisations, church representatives, political parties and the local and foreign media that have been eagerly waiting for results at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre since yesterday.

However, Mr. Akufuna assured the country that elections results will be announced as soon as totals from constituencies have been received by the centre.

He hoped that by 09:00 hours this morning, the Commission will have received some full results from some constituencies.

Meanwhile, Mr. Akufuna has disclosed that the electorate at Nakatindi polling station in Kanyama constituency in Lusaka will not be given another chance to vote following their decision to burn ballot papers yesterday.

He said the only voters that will be allowed to vote later are those in polling stations that did not receive their ballot papers by yesterday.

Three polling stations were affected in Lukulu west in Western Province after the vehicle that was delivering ballot papers was involved in an accident.

Mr. Akufuna said ECZ will this morning use Zambia Air Force (ZAF) helicopters to deliver election materials to the affected areas, adding that voting will be conducted immediately.

ZANIS