Katete District Electoral officer Wamulume Aongola has appealed to the residents to turn out in numbers and vote for a leader of their choice tomorrow.
Speaking to ZANIS in Katete today, Mr Aongola said the district was ready to carry out the presidential by-elections slated for tomorrow 20th January.
Mr. Aongola said the district has set Kafumbwe secondary school as a totaling centre for Milanzi constituency and Mphangwe Motel as a totaling centre for Mkaika constituency.
He said the district is in full receipt of the elections materials apart from tents that where requested for polling centers that did not have permanent structures.
He explained that the district has eight polling centers which do not have permanent structures hence the need for the Electoral Commission of Zambia to provide tents as temporary shelter.
Mr Aongola however stated that the Commission has as of today 19th January only managed to send two tents forcing the district electoral office to find alternatives to ensure that the voting process goes on without any challenges.
He said people should not fear exercising their right to vote as the district has enough security to quell any acts of violence or intimidation that may occur.
Mr. Aongola however expressed happiness that the district had not recorded any forms of violence as political stakeholders have been at hand in ensuring that campaigns are undertaken in a peaceful manner.
He pointed out that his office had often sat down with aggrieved parties and ensured that solutions are found to any problems that may breed confusion.
The Electoral officer stated that despite the challenges that the Commission in the district may face voting will go on smoothly as other means have been found to contain the situation.
Scores of polling staff were this morning still loading elections materials in readiness to be dispatched to their respective polling stations.
The process of dispatching poll staff and material started yesterday in Katete district with polling stations that are situated in far flung areas.
The District Electoral Officer has since called for a stakeholders meeting to be held today at Katete Council Chambers.