Patriotic Front (PF) President Edgar Chagwa Lungu is still leading albeit marginally in the Zambian election held on January 20 garnering 670,397 against UPND leader Hakaonde Hichilema’s 641,343 after 111 constituencies were announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia.
By Thursday 22nd January, 2015, Justice Irene Mambilima, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) declared 111, out of 150 seats with Lungu leading with 670,397 (48.87%) against his closest rival, United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema who has so far scored 641,343 (46.75%).
Below are the 39 seats remaining:
1. Central Province – 5 seats -Chitambo, Muchinga, Serenje, Mukushi South Kapiri Mposhi and Keembe constituencies.
2. Copperbelt- 1 seat – Mpongwe
3. Eastern Province -7 – Chama South, Feira, Kapoche, Lumezi, Petauke Central, Msanzala and Nyimba
4. Lusaka – 1-Rufunsa
5. Luapula-1- Chembe
6. Northern Province-7- Chilubi, Chinsali, Kanchibiya, Isoka East (Mafinga), Malole, Lupososhi and Mfuwe
7. Northwestern – 6 – Chavuma, Mufumbwe, Kabompo East, Kapbompo West, Solwezi East and Zambezi West
8. Southern Province – 1- Katombola
9. Western Province -10 – Kaoma Central, Luena, Lukulu East, Lukulu West, Mangango,
Mulobezi, Nalolo, Senanga, Sikongo and Sinjembela
Emmanuel Mwamba, the PF media publicity chairperson, alleges; “To heighten the political temperature, the UPND commissioned countrywide ‘celebration of the electoral victory’ to create an atmosphere that the party had won when in fact not.
“This is aimed at forcing a post electoral conflict that might result in acts of violence and force upon the country a government of national unity. The seat fell vacant when President Michael Sata died on October 28th 2014. at a hospital in London after an illness.”