Voting at Mapachi Polling station starts at a slow pace in Zambezi West

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Voting in Zambezi West Constituency started on a slow note with 10 voters casting their votes at Mapachi Polling Station by 06:00 this morning.  


ZANIS reports that by 07:00 hrs the number increased to 30 voters.


Presiding Officer at the Polling Station Trifornia Tembo attributed the low turn out to farming activities in the area.


Ms Tembo however expressed optimism that the situation may improve by afternoon as most of the people would have returned from the field.   


 Six political parties are contesting the seat and these are Prisca Kucheka of the MMD, Mark Kachongo on the FDD, Christabel Ngimbu of the PF ) and Hastings Kanguya of  NAREP.    


Others are the UPND’s Charles Kakoma and Kayombo Chilila of the Green Party.    


The seat fell vacant following the court nullification of Charles Kakoma after being found guilty of electoral mal-practice during the 2011 tripartite elections.    


And one of the vehicles delivering electoral materials in Nyawanda area in Zambezi was involved in an accident as one of its tyres burst.


Ms Tembo confirmed the development to ZANIS saying on one was hurt in the accident.


She said the electoral material was safe as quick action by the Zambia Air Force (ZAF) took charge of the situation.


 And one of the voters Lois Likomena said she was happy to exercise her right to vote.