Former Mufumbwe Member of Parliament Bert Mushala, has urged political parties to uphold peace and harmony during today’s presidential by – election.
Speaking to ZANIS in an interview shortly after casting his vote at Kyamwina polling station in Mufumbwe today, Mr Mushala said he was happy with the peace that has characterised voting in the district.
Mr Mushala also commended voters in Mufumbwe for turning up in large numbers even before the polling stations opened at 06:00 hours.
Mr Mushala, who is also Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary, has since urged all political players to remain peaceful and accept whichever candidate that wiill emerge winner in the polls.
“The behaviour of voters should also translate to the political candidates. The mood has been peaceful and good so let us just wait to see who will emerge winner”, he said.
Mufumbwe Constituency in North Western Province has a total of 27,027 registered voters with 40 polling stations.
Meanwhile, United Party for National Development (UPND member Mulonde Muzungu has commended the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for organising a good election in Mufumbwe.
Mr Muzungu, who has contested the Mufumbwe parliamentary seat in the past, said he was happy with the campaigns that transpired peacefully in the district despite provocations among political parties.
Mr Muzungu has since expressed confidence that the UPND would emerge victorious in the elections.
“We are happy with the arrangements of ECZ so far, they are satisfactory,” he said.
Mr Muzungu has however bemoaned the ECZ for not adequately engaging all stakeholders in the delivery of ballot papers to seven polling stations in the district among them Musonwenji, Miluji, and Lalafuta.
“The commission has done well except perhaps for seven polling stations were ballots were delivered separately from the rest without actively engaging stakeholders” ,he said.
Eleven candidates are participating in today’s Presidential by-election to choose the Zambia’s Sixth President following the demise of President Michael Sata last October.