UPND candidate Hakainde Hichilema has made significant progress reducing PF’s Edgar Lungu’s lead in latest official results of Tuesday’s presidential election.
In the latest update released by Electoral Commission of Zambia Chairperson Justice Ireen Mambilima at 23 Hours using 111 consolidated constituency results, PF’s Edgar Lungu is still leading with 670,397 representing 48.87 percent of the vote.
Hakainde Hichilema of the UPND is close in second place with 641,343 representing 46.75 percent of the vote.
Edith Nawakwi of the FDD has leapfrogged Dr Nevers Mumba of the MMD to occupy third position with 11,260 representing 0.82 percent of the vote.
Dr Mumba now sits in fourth position with Mumba 10, 242 which accounts for 0.75 percent of the vote.
The additional 21 constituencies that brought the cumulative total of constituencies whose results have been verified and announced to 111 are Mkushi North and Itezhi Tezhi in Central Province and Luanshya, Kwacha and Lufwanyama on the Copperbelt.
Others are Chasefu, Lundazi and Sinda in the Eastern Province and Mwansabombwe in Luapula province.
Other are Nakonde in Muchinga province and Senga Hill, Mporokoso and Lubansenshi in Northern Province including Kabompo East and Mwinilunga, Dundumwezi in North western provinces and Kalomo Central, Gweembe in Southern and Liuwa, Luampa and Mwandi in Western Province.
Remaining 21 constituents where voting in some wards is set to close around 02 Hours are expected to send their results by mid-day tomorrow using ZAF choppers.
The national voter turnout currently stands at 1.3 million.