Politics

Sesheke Votes Today

After weeks of a largely violent campaign in Sesheke Constituency, four candidates will today compete for the vacant parliamentary seat.

The stakes have been higher with President Edgar Lungu leading the Patriotic Front campaign while his chief adversary Hakainde Hichilema has been on the campaign trail for his party that has maintained a shaky grip on Western Province.

Four candidates successfully filed nominations for the Sesheke parliamentary by-election.

The ruling Patriotic Front candidate has fielded Dean Masule while the opposition UPND will go with Romeo Kang’ombe.

Other contestants are Lifuti Muhau representing the People’s Alliance for Change (PAC) and United Prosperous and Peaceful Zambia (UPPZ) is fielding Victor Kalimukwa.

Elections will also take place in seven (7) Local Government By-elections in Anoya Zulu Ward of Chililabombwe District, Munyama Ward of Kabwe District, Mkomba Ward of Lundazi District, Chindwale Ward of Katete District, Chinkutila Ward of Chifunabuli District, Nkombwa Ward of Isoka District and Sewe Mungole Ward of Chavuma District.

The By-election in Sesheke has been necessitated by the death of the late Member of Parliament, Frank Kufakwandi on Monday 12th November, 2018. The vacancies in Anoya Zulu, Munyama, Mkomba, Chindwale, Chinkutila, Nkombwa and Sewe Mungole wards are as a result of resignations and deaths of councillors.

Meanwhile the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has announced that declaration of the winner in the Sesheke by-election be done 24 hours later due to the challenges in accessing seven polling stations.

FULL STATEMENT

PRESS RELEASE

(For Immediate Release)

TIMING OF DECLARATION OF RESULT FOR SESHEKE PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTION

Sesheke Constituency in Western Province has a total of 27,872 Registered Voters, 43 Polling Stations and 52 Polling Streams. Seven (7) out of these forty-three (43) polling stations are not easily accessible.

The Commission, therefore, wishes to inform all political parties, stakeholders and the General Public that the election results for the seven (7) polling stations will only be available on Wednesday 13th February, 2019.

The affected polling stations are either serviced by Chopper which is unable to fly at night or accessible via the Zambia-Namibia Border that closes at 18:00 hours.

Further, the Zambia-Namibia Border will be used due to the inaccessible road access on the Zambian side. You may wish to note that the election results would have been endorsed by political party agents and other accredited observers once the count is concluded.

The polling stations referred to are as follows:

Serviced by Air Transport: Sonso School, Katete Community School and Mandila Community School;

Accessible through Zambia-Namibia Border: Mbao Community School, Imusho Primary School, Chivula Primary School and Maunga SDA Church which are all in Imusho Ward.

Due to this, the declaration for the Sesheke Parliamentary By-Election will be on 13th February, 2019.

The Commission wishes to further appeal for peace and calm during Poll Day, during the Count of the result and in turn the final declaration of the winner of the Sesheke Parliamentary By-Election.

Margaret Chimanse

Public Relations Manager

For/The Commission

20 Comments

  1. bayoka

    We need peace process for this election, we don’t want problems to both oposition and ruling party, we don’t want ubufufuntungu.

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    • Gift

      Yes Mr. Bayoka has we called Zambia we need to be one coz we’re one so pipo who are in Sesheke vote in peace, we don’t want violence and fight each other , we want peace in the nation.

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    • say

      If one rigs only he or she will know that he or she is not wanted by the people as such even in his or her celebration there will be traces of hurt feeling on the particular face such that one would think they are chewing periperi when they are actually sampling a cake.Mark my words .

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  2. Lisa

    Many Zambians have lost appetite for pf.

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    • Gap

      Lisa you are a million times correct even some MP’s are looking for a door out of pf

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    • arnold

      Dear Lisa that’s your opinion, not every person likes the smell of cattle.

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  3. Mba

    If there is one organization that can ignite civil war in Zambia is Zambia reports, you guys are pathetic, which shaky in grip are you talking, ba pompwe imwe

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  4. Nyengo

    Upnd cadres put or wear mask and military uniforms and pf are known 4 panga’s but the truth 2 different on the ground. The political parties are good and bad but inner peace is important not violence.The police are good 4 every citizen and must b respectd bcoz run battle with them is dangerous political tactic 2 win sympath frm voters. It time educate 2 the pipo that election mainly in western province is not a battle ground or life and death. Pipo in this province has supportd upnd but hav not seen much developmt but are now fadeup or lose trust in them and change. We hav other place but talkd is mkomba ward in lundazi and sesheke bcoz upnd won these seats but 4 mkoma ward upnd own bcoz current candidate was left out and favoured a new comer frm MMD was nominated and it injured many pf member this caused lose it but today pf is winning it include sesheke a war zone

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  5. Tonka machembele

    As the commission goes that side where there’s no good roads, I suggest that when they will fly the party agents should go with them.

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  6. John mwangala

    United we stand divided we fall.
    A time for everything

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  7. francis baddien

    i personaly need a government that will clear graduates from the streets by providing jobs for them.Parents a are spending substantial amounts of money on their children who cant find their dream jobs. Vote wisely!!!

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  8. Zamandola

    Opposition party leaders use abusive language toward seatin head state and lack of repect is danger 4 them. President Edgar Lungu is not 4 life and it time understd those with no respect face same situation than what is happening 2 him. I can vote 4 any other party than upnd bcoz they dont inspire me with its political tactic of a victim 2 win support and form govt in 2021. After that election i see lose more seats in south,west,north-west and partly of central provinces to pf and incoming parties lik NDC and DP. PF and MMD never followed each other lik this bcoz upnd means well why blocking roads and being chased by police. I pray that pipo who love upnd and it leader learn 2 give democratic space 2 each other as they want pf 2 do

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  9. Zamandola

    Opposition party leaders use abusive language toward seatin head state and lack of repect is danger 4 them. President Edgar Lungu is not 4 life and it time understd those with no respect face same situation than what is happening 2 him. I can vote 4 any other party than upnd bcoz they dont inspire me with its political tactic of a victim 2 win support and form govt in 2021. After that election i see lose more seats in south,west,north-west and partly of central provinces to pf and incoming parties lik NDC and DP. PF and MMD never followed each other lik this bcoz upnd means well why blocking roads and being chased by police. I pray that pipo who love upnd and it leader learn 2 give democratic space 2 each other as they want pf 2 do. During campaigns each party is given time but if a president is in the district other party can not within same district

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  10. Ven-H

    We truly need peace, let’s pray that no life will be lost n Jesu’s name.

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  11. Hev rena

    Care shuld b taken for those in accessible stations.That is where riggin could takeplace as we usually see G12 papers changing figures with monitors being corrupted.

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  12. baZambia

    Yes the UPND must be very carefull especially in those polling stations whre the ballot papers Will be sent by a Chopper, regging may take place.

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  13. obrey madubansi

    twalumba amusale mulumuno

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  14. C2

    Vote for him then continue suffering out of your vote make him rich

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  15. Okoo

    Let the pipo decide.

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  16. Chester

    we thank God for the voting process. We pray for peace

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