Voting underway in by-elections


Voting has started in Tuesday’s Constituency and Ward by-elections across the country.

Most of the polling stations opened at exactly six hours.
ROBERT MWANZA reports from Malambo Constituency, that voting started on a low note.


A check at Jumbe primary school polling station, presiding officer, Joshua Chilembo opened the polling stations with only 14 people ready to cast their vote.


And in Petauke Central Constituency Brian Mwale reports that only 40 people voted at Petauke Day Secondary School polling station while 57 voters cast their vote at Social welfare hall against 1457 registered voters.
A check at Petauke Boarding Secondary School revealed that only one voter cast his ballot.


And in Mulobezi Constituency only nine people had voted at Namakala polling station by 06 thirty hours while at Sichili polling station only 20 people voted at 06 :20 hours.


The Petauke seat is contested by Patriotic Front’s Dora Siliya, Ignasio Phiri is contesting on UNIP and Allan Zulu is contesting on the United Party for National Development.
And the Mulobezi seat is battled out by Patricia Mulasikwanda from PF, Hastings Sililo for UPND and Esau Mwanza is contesting on Green Party.


Others are Alfred Mandubwa from the United Independent Party and Collins Manga for Alliance for Democracy and Development.
Meanwhile the Malambo seat is contested by PF’s Jack Shuma, Jailos Mchenga is standing on UNIP, Peter Phiri on UPND and an independent candidate, Florence Mwayopa.

Voting is expected to close at 18 hours.