Acting President Guy Scott has cast his vote at Lusaka Golf Club in today’s presidential by-election.
Returning Officer Charles Mutuna confirmed to ZANIS that Dr Scott arrived at the golf club after the early morning rains and voted in elections that will usher in a new president following the death of President Michael Sata last year in a London hospital.
Mr Mutuna said that voters gathered at the golf club as early as 05.30 hours and by 11.00 hours, 285 registered voters had cast their votes.
He said the polling centre has 821 registered voters and expressed optimism that the station will record a good turn out before the close of voting at 18:00 hours.
The Returning Officer attributed the slow voting process to the early morning spell of rains that hit Lusaka and disrupted the voting process in most parts of the city.
Mr Mutuna, however, said voting was expected to pick up following the abrupt end of the rains.
Voters talked to at the Lusaka Golf Club described the atmosphere and voting process as calm and peaceful.
Eleven presidential candidates among them PF’s Edgar Lungu, UPND’s Hakainde Hichilema, MMD’s Nevers Mumba, and UNIP’s Tilyenji Kaunda are contesting the 2015 presidential poll to succeed late President Michael Sata.
Others are the only female aspirant FDD’s Edith Nawakwi, NAREP’s Elias Chipimo Junior, Heritage Party’s Godfrey Miyanda, Ludwig Sondashi of the Forum for Democratic Alternatives, Danny Pule of Christian Democratic Party, Green Party’s Peter Sinkamba and Eric Chanda of the 4th Revolution party.