Voting starts on slow pace in selected centres of Ndola Central Constituency
Ndola January 20, 2015 ZANIS—Voting in Ndola district in the Presidential election has commenced on a slow but peaceful pace.
A check by ZANIS Ndola this morning in the four constituencies, most polling stations had not yet reached the half mark.
At New Kaloko Stage One polling station in Twashuka Ward in Bwana Mukubwa constituency revealed that only 300 voters had voted out of the 2, 326 registered voters by 06:20 hours.
By 07:50 only 60 out of the 1, 000 registered voters had cast their votes at Mango polling station in Kamba ward in Chifubu constituency.
And Mango polling station Presiding Officer Leo Kangwa, attributed the low turn out to rains in the area.
“As you can see it’s raining, this is what can explain the low turnout otherwise we expect the numbers to increase soon after the rains stop,” Mr Kangwa said.
And in Ndola Central Constituency’s Yengwe Ward, 100 voters had voted by 08:20 hours out of the total registered number of 1, 350 voters.
In Kabushi constituency, a check at Lubuto clinic in Lubuto ward at 09:00hours revealed that 315 voters cast their votes out of the total registered 1, 128 voters.
Meanwhile, Ndola District Commissioner Rebby Chanda, who was monitoring the voter turnout in the district told ZANIS in an interview that the low voter turnout could be attributed to the rains.
Mr Chanda explain that from the polling stations he had visited the situation was not very impressive.
“This is real apathy, but maybe it’s because of the rain season, otherwise everywhere I have gone to the situation is similar,” he said.
Voting continues until 18:00 hours this evening.