Zambia’s opposition UPND has won the Livingstone by-election with over 3000 votes while counting is still underway in Muchinga and Chama North where opposition MMD and ruling PF have taken runaway leads respectively.
The UPND’s Howard Sikwela polled 11, 979 against PF’s Joseph Akafumba who managed 8318.
Provisional results show that the former ruling party MMD is ahead in Muchinga of Central Province left vacant after the death of late vice-president George Kunda who died three months ago. His son, Howard, was in the race against the ruling party’s Jeliaty Ntembwa and Kenneth Ngosa of NAREP.
By midnight, votes from 26 out of 32 wards had been tallied in Serenje with Kunda polling 3,225 against Ntembwa’s 2,466.
The two leading opposition parties – MMD and UPND – agreed to support each other in the three parliamentarian elections fielding one candidate.
The Zambianwatchdog reports that the ruling PF has won the parliamentary bye-election in Chama North. The final results had not been announced by this morning but people in the MMD team confirmed that their candidate has lost.
Yotam Mtayachalo was contesting on the MMD ticket in Chama North of Eastern Province, while PF had January Zimba (PF). Herbert Zimba stood on UNIP.
Out of 23 counted from the 34 polling stations in Chama North PF had recorded 5377, MMD were at 2242, with UNIP managing 251.
Two constituencies – Chama North and Livingstione – fell vacant after the ruling PF petitioned the results for alleged mal-practice during the September 2011 general elections.
Muchinga fell vacant following the death of former vice-president Kunda.