UPND scoops Bombwe by election in Chisamba
Chisamba, August 20, 2014 ZANIS—The United Party for National Development (UPND) candidate Mildred Kamwefu has scooped the Mulungushi Ward by-elections in Chisamba District.
The winning candidate Mildred Kamwefu polled 258 votes followed by Patriotic Front’s (PF) George Ntimpa who had 252 votes while the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) candidate Richard Banda only managed to get nine votes.
Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) Mulungushi Ward Returning Officer Michael Katebe declared Ms Kamwefu as the duly elected Councillor for Mulungushi Ward at 20 hours.
However, the elections were marred by voter apathy as only 525 voters voted in the by election out of the 3,500 registered voters.
And UPND Ward Chairman Good fellow Namilonga attributed the low voter turnout to the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) camp meetings currently taking place countrywide.
Mr Namilonga said most people in the area are Adventists and have travelled to the camp meetings.
He charged that the voters’ register that the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) used is old and that most people had either died relocated or lost their voters’ cards prompting low voter turnout.
Mr Namilonga appealed to the ECZ to find a way of assisting registered voters who have lost their voters not to be disfranchised.