Chaos as opposition storm command centre in Zambia

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Chaos at Mulungushi International Conference Centre, the national results
center, almost erupted when opposition political party representatives
demanded to know why the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) was not
announcing the results.
By 03:40, Wednesday, the ECZ had not made any official announcement regarding the
results for the presidential by-election which angered the opposition
political party representatives.
But ECZ Public Relations Manager Chris Akufuna pleaded with the party
representatives to remain calm saying the commission was still verifying
the results they had received.
Meanwhile, PF President Edgar Lungu has taken an early lead with votes from
constituencies announced by the ECZ at the national results center so far.
On the Copperbelt, Lungu got 10, 629 votes from Chililabombwe Constituency
while the UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema got 3, 047 votes representing
74.94 percent and 21.48 percent respectively. Lungu polled 3, 714 votes in
Mambilima Constituency in Luapula Province followed by his closest rival
Hichilema obtaining 568 votes.
And in Mwense Constituency in the same province, Lungu obtained 5, 340
votes followed by Hichilema who had 1, 055 votes.
In Eastern Province in Feira Constituency, Lungu polled 3, 332 votes
followed by his usual rival Hichilema who had 751 votes.
The rest of the presidential candidates got less that 120 votes in all the
the constituencies announced by ECZ so far.
Meanwhile UPND youths on Wednesday afternoon demonstrated at the rally centre and police had to fire teargas to disperse them.

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