Polls close in Mangango – updates coming

Mangango August 2014
Mangango August 2014
Voting has passed peacefully in the Mangango parliamentary by-election which was being held today.

Unlike violence which characterized the campaign period, voting went on without any incident of violence, with overall voter turnout described as average by Foundation for Democratic Process Executive Director MacDonald Chipenzi.

Mr Chipenzi says voter apathy characterized most polling stations in the constituency.

Counting of ballots will now get underway with the final results expected to be announced in the early hours of tomorrow.

Mangango constituency has seven wards with 33 polling stations and 17,157 registered voters.

Meanwhile the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) says no political party has complained in writing about any malpractices in Mangango during the campaigns.

ECZ Public Relations Manager Crispin Akufuna has told QFM News that this is contrary to claims by the United Party for National Development (UPND) that the commission failed to respond to their complaints over alleged electoral malpractices by the Patriotic Front.

Mr Akufuna says the Commission has been fair and open to all political parties in discussing issues of concern raised.

He points out that the Commission had a successful meeting last Friday were all political parties were given a platform to air their grievances and that all concerns were given immediate answers.

Mr. Akufuna adds that the commission has always tried its best to explain and educate political parties on what the Electoral Code of Conduct requires them to do.

( Tuesday 19th August 2014 )