October 2008


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Here is the update as of 21:00 hours (Zambian Time). We have been holding on to the final tally so we could announce the final winner in the affirmative but those results have been held up at the Mulungushi International Conference Center.

 

Zambia Votes’08 – Actual Elections Results

Candidate

Votes Cast

% Won

Michael C Sata (PF)

518,479

41.20%

 

 

 

Rupiah B Banda (MMD)

469,789

37.33%

 

 

 

Hakainde Hichilema (UPND)

259,928

20.66%

 

 

 

Godfrey Miyanda (HP)

10,184

0.81%

 

 

 

Total

1,258,380

 

 

 

It is worth noting that these results only account for 93 of the 150 constituencies that participated in this presidential by-election. Also they don’t include precincts like Kitwe and Luapula province which might tilt them further. 

 

We hope the next update will give us the winner so our smart people at home and abroad would be in the know as to who the next CEO of the Zambian Enterprise is … Live Long & Prosper, thanks a trillion.

 

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO  & President – Zambian Chronicle 

 

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The Zambian Chronicle will be bringing you our audience election results as we receive them from our field representatives on an hourly basis as and when they are released from the Mulungushi International Conference Center.

 

Our 1600 hrs (Zambian Time) update is shown here below and the tallies will change with more results on the next reporting. Keep it here and you will be informed as we receive all the final data … so far the actual results coming in are in tandem with our own online polls conducted in the last 8 days before the actual elections.

 

Zambia Votes’08 – Actual Elections Results

Candidate

Votes Counted

% Won

Michael C Sata (PF)

407,639

44.38%

 

 

 

Rupiah B Banda (MMD)

317,556

34.57%

 

 

 

Hakainde Hichilema (UPND)

186,152

20.26%

 

 

 

Godfrey Miyanda (HP)

7,254

0.79%

 

 

 

Total

918,601

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can compare the results by clicking on the link below and then further click on “View Results” …

 

Zambia Votes’08: Participate In The Zambian Chronicle Poll …

 

According to the tabulations so far Michael C Sata (PF) is leading at 44.69%, followed by Rupiah B Banda (MMD) at 34.82%, in third place is Hakainde Hichilema with 20.41% while Brigadier General Godfrey Miyanda (HP) is at 0.08% … Live Long & Prosper, thanks a trillion.

 

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The voter turn out has slowed down in most polling stations in Lusaka Central Constituency.

A check by ZNBC news shows that long queues that characterised polling stations in the constituency in the morning have disappeared.

And a team of SADC observer mission was seen going round polling stations in Lusaka, checking on the voting exercise.

Polling stations will close at 18 hours and initial results are expected on Friday.

Zambians are voting in an election that will usher in the country’s fourth President.

The election comes after the death of President, Levy Mwanawasa, on August 19.

Polling stations opened at 06.00 hours across the country on Thursday to enable the 3.9 registered voters to cast their ballots.

An early assessment shows that the voting is peaceful, with most polling stations recording a relatively fair turnout.

The polling stations will close at 18.00 hours and the first results are expected on Friday.

The Electoral Commission of Zambia- ECZ- has opened a center in Lusaka which will release presidential election results as they trickle in from various parts of the country.

ECZ Chairperson Justice, Florence Mumba, said the center is expected to announce the first presidential results by Friday morning

And a number of people in Livingstone have been turned away from polling stations because they do not have green National Registration Cards,NRCs while others have invalid voters’ cards.

Livingstone District Electoral Officer, George Kalenga says some people wanted to vote using photocopies of their NRCs or other documents like driving licences and passports.

At the Old Boma Polling Station the Presiding Officer, Owen Kashoti said one person was turned way because he wanted to use the voter’s card for the 2001 elections.

Meanwhile a number of people who have cast their votes in Livingstone are happy the elections are taking place in a peaceful atmosphere.

Others are however, concerned with the low turn-out of voters.

But Livingstone District Election Officer said the turn-out was high in the morning though it reduced later, probably due to the intense heat in Livingstone.

Source: ZNBC

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THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has said it will start announcing the presidential election results from across the country by tomorrow morning.

ECZ chairperson, Florence Mumba said in Lusaka yesterday that announcements would be done at Mulungushi International Conference Centre (MICC) as the results pour in from the 150 constituencies.

“From totalling centres, the results will be taken to district centres where they will be transmitted electronically and by fax to MICC where the first announcement is expected by Friday morning,” Justice Mumba said.

She said national totals stating the winner would only be announced once the results from all the constituencies have been received.

Speaking when she launched the election result centre at MICC, Justice Mumba said the ECZ wanted to ensure that there was no confusion in the way the results are announced.

The MICC has been designed as the central place where election results from all the districts will be announced and given to the public through the media who will also be at the centre.

“The commission is ready for today’s election. The poll will start at 06.00 hours and close at 18:00 hours. Counting will immediately start at the various polling centres,” Mrs Justice Mumba said.

She said the system of delivering the results was safe because the marked ballots could only be accessed by returning officers at the district level.

Justice Mumba said the aim was to eliminate the chances of tampering with the results while in transit.

“Although this year’s presidential election has been a mammoth task and challenge, the commission will conduct it in transparency and fairness.

“ECZ has come a long way in its preparations and has put in place several measures to enhance transparency and stakeholder confidence in the electoral process,” Justice Mumba said.

She said the establishment of the election results centre was one such measure aimed at enhancing transparency.

And electoral officials from all the provinces said everything was in place for today’s election and assured the voting public that the polls would be conducted in a transparent and fair manner.

Those contesting the presidency are acting President, Rupiah Banda, who is standing on the MMD ticket, and the Patriotic Front leader, Michael Sata.

Others are United Party for National Development president, Hakainde Hichilema, and Heritage Party’s Godfrey Miyanda.
The election follows the death of president Levy Mwanawasa in a Paris military hospital on August 19.

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By Shapi Shacinda

LUSAKA, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Zambia’s army chief warned on Wednesday that violence would not be tolerated in the southern African nation’s presidential poll.

Zambians will on Thursday elect a leader of one of Africa’s most stable and economically succesful nations.

A senior intelligence official said soldiers would be placed on high alert after voting closes at 1600 GMT to prevent any violence ahead of results expected on Friday night.

“We have heard that some people are planning to cause bloodshed in this country. We will not allow them. We are trained to defend this country,” army chief General Isaac Chisuzi said in an address to soldiers in a Lusaka army barracks.

“Therefore, we should deal with anybody who would try to cause violence.”

Chisuzi’s comments, broadcast on state television, were unusual. Normally senior police officials issue such warnings ahead of elections or other high-profile political events.

The two main contenders are acting President Rupiah Banda and opposition leader Michael Sata, of the Patriotic Front.

“The country will be placed on high security beginning tomorrow at 6 pm. Soldiers are expected to patrol townships as a precaution against threats to peace after the election,” the senior intelligence official told Reuters.

Whoever wins will replace late President Levy Mwanawasa, who won praise from Western donors for his prudent economic management and crackdown on corruption, helping turn Zambia into a rare African success story.

“I will not tolerate any threats to the peace of this country,” said Chisuzi.

Sata alleged that rigging deprived him of victory in the 2006 election he lost to Mwanawasa. Sata has accused the government of rigging this time around as well and said he will not accept the results if he loses.

He called on his supporters at a rally on Wednesday to sleep outside polling booths to deter rigging. (Reporting by Shapi Shacinda; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Giles Elgood)

By Tom Burgis in Lusaka

Stable but frustrated, copper-rich but grindingly poor, Zambia goes to the polls on Thursday in an election seen in many quarters as a barometer for the continent as it braces for an economic storm.

Observers expect a close fight between Michael Sata, the populist opposition leader, and Rupiah Banda, the acting president, who has pledged to continue the cautious economic policies of Levy Mwanawasa, the much-loved president who appointed Mr Banda as his deputy before his death from a stroke in August triggered the election.

In the leafy avenues and tumbledown shanty towns of the capital, Lusaka, the policies of Mr Sata – known as King Cobra for his venomous political style – command overwhelming support. His pledges include slashing taxes for public servants and conjuring a solution to rising food and fuel prices.

One recent poll suggesting he was poised to win the presidency rattled emerging market investors whose frayed nerves can scarcely cope with the merest hint of political risk. Yet urban Zambians, who almost delivered him victory in the 2006 poll, support his promises to furnish them with the jobs and decent homes they have long lacked.

Many analysts, however, predict that Mr Banda will win by a hair’s breadth, in part because two other hopefuls may split the opposition vote. Mr Banda lacks his rival’s flair but has the better claim to the mantle of Mr Mwanawasa.

“My priority is to complete the project that was started by the late president,” Mr Banda told his final rally on Wednesday. Mr Mwanawasa secured sustained if unspectacular growth, dollops of aid and hefty Asian investments by following donors’ prescriptions for orthodox economic management to the letter.

Whether he wins or not, Mr Sata has already made his mark on the direction of Africa’s biggest copper producer.

His lavish spending promises have prompted Mr Banda to commit to big, unplanned increases in farming subsidies and other sweeteners aimed at galvanising his rural support base.

He has recalled to his team erstwhile big hitters who were sidelined during Mr Mwanawasa’s anti-corruption campaign.

“It’s the politics of folly,” said Oliver Saasa, a respected consultant in Lusaka.

“The market is nervous and we have to build confidence.”

With the copper price tumbling as global demand weakens, and the public finances already in deficit, either man will struggle to fund his expansive manifesto.

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LUSAKA, 29 October 2008 (IRIN) – The Zambian government has closed its border to any refugees arriving from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as fighting intensifies in the east of the country.

“We have been following closely the violence in DRC. I have already ordered the immigration officers to be on extra alert at Kasumbalesa [the border post],” Susan Sikaneta, permanent secretary in the interior ministry, told IRIN.

However, the clampdown appears to be more related to public health concerns than security threats, after the death last month of a Zambian tourism operator in a South African hospital from a previously unknown strain of hemorrhagic fever.

“We are not allowing any refugee to cross into Zambia at the moment because of the incidence of these mysterious diseases,” Sikaneta said. There is sensitivity in Zambia over the origin of the new strain of the Arena virus, which has been linked to the deaths of at least three people in South Africa.

“If they [refugees] come in, we are immediately sending them back, because their entering the country could be a recipe for these fears of mysterious diseases becoming real,” Sikaneta said. In the public imagination the DRC is believed to be the source of the Ebola virus, a highly virulent hemorrhagic fever.

Zambia has been home to thousands of Congolese refugees over the years of conflict in the Great Lakes region. Between May and December 2007, a total of 7,325 Congolese were voluntarily repatriated.

The exercise has continued in 2008, with a total of 8,038 returning home since May, and is expected to run into 2009, according to Fernando Protti-Alvarado, the deputy country representative of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Zambia.

“The voluntary repatriation of refugees from Zambia to the Democratic Republic of Congo has not been affected by the recent reported fighting in the Kivus [North and South Kivu provinces in eastern DRC]. This is because most of the Congolese refugees repatriating from Zambia have been returning to the southern fringes of DRC, namely, Katanga Province,” Protti-Alvarado told IRIN.

“In view of the long distance from Zambia to where fighting is reported to be occurring in DRC, no significant influxes of refugees have been reported. UNHCR is always prepared; however, we don’t expect any major influx into Zambia at this particular time.” 

Government forces and UN peacekeepers have been battling to halt an advance by rebel troops on the eastern DRC town of Goma, which has triggered an exodus of civilians.

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