The ruling Patriotic Front candidate in the Livingstone by-elections, Lawrence Evans (far left), has scooped the parliamentary seat beating his closest rival United Party for National Development (UPND)’s Regina Musokotwane after amassing 10233.
Unconfirmed reports show that Musokotwane polled 8,198 while the Movement for Multi Party Democracy’s Fred Siasuntwe has managed 2034 in distant third.
UPND has since conceded defeat posting on its Facebook page; “UPND has lost the Livingstone by-election to PF. We shall give you the actual results in due course. Mrs Musokotwane fought a good battle. This is the election which was postponed from 28th Feb 2013 for the first time in the history of Zambia due to the environment not being conducive. Votes cast were less than 20,000 in total. Thank you colleagues for your vigilance.”
Livingstone Central Constituency has 67,732 registered voters are recorded, 64 polling stations, 17 wards and 101 voting streams.
There has been a low turn-out which observers attribute to fatigue by residents as they first voted in the September general elections in 2011, then again on July 5, 2012 after the election of MMD candidate Lukulo Kamboka was nullified by the High Court and now this election following the defection of Sikwela from UPND to the PF. Violence that rocked the campaigns and the postponement of the poll from the initial date of February 28 have been blame for the poor turn-out.
The ruling party’s campaign bigwigs led by defence minister Geoffery Bwalya Mwamba commonly known as GBM, tourism minister Slyvia Masebo and Western Province minister Obvious Mwaliteta are all at the totalling centre where the final official results are due to be announced.