Day 2 POST-POLL DAY:PRESS BRIEFING BY THE CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER, MS. PRISCILLA ISAAC

ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF ZAMBIA
Elections House,

Haile Selassie Avenue,

PO Box 50274,

LUSAKA.

12th   August, 2016.
PRESS BRIEFING BY THE CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER, MS. PRISCILLA ISAAC

10:00 HOURS AT MULUNGUSHI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE ON 12TH AUGUST 2016

Accredited Monitors and Observers,
Members of the Press,

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

I welcome you all to this briefing at the National Election Results Centre. 
The Commission would like to thank Stakeholders and the rest of the citizenry for generally remaining peaceful so far.    

Closing of Polling stations 
Voting has closed in all polling stations countrywide. One polling station closed at 02:00hrs today in Nalolo Constituency in Western province and the other two  polling stations in Kazungula which opened at 16:00hrs have also closed.

Vote Counting

As at 09:00hrs today, results from over 1500 polling stations had reached the collation centres in the various districts.  The Commission continues to receive and verify the results from totalling centres across the country.

The Commission wishes to reiterate that all election results appearing on Social media platforms are unofficial. The public is advised to refer to the Commission website and social media platforms at www.elections.org.zm for official results.
Multiple Voting
Preliminary investigations carried out by the Commission on multiple voting did not find any evidence of such occurrence. 
Report of an individual running away with ballot papers
The Commission has received a report that an individual from John Laing  obtained 3 ballot papers  from the polling station and ran out of the polling station with them. He was chased after by uniformed staff and he was apprehended and is in police custody. 
Chasing away of Party Agents from the polling Station at Kamwala Basic School
The Commission has established that no polling agents were chased out of Kamwala Basic School as it was reported yesterday. However, the Commission established that a fight broke out amongst Cadres outside the polling station and the police dispersed the mob outside. 
Certificates of authority to vote
It was reported that some poll staff  were disenfranchised because they did not get the Certificates of authority to vote. The Commission notes with regret that some officers did not know where to get the Certificate of authority to vote. They were supposed to get them from the Constituency  where they are registered to vote yet they applied for the certificates where they were posted on duty.  In other cases some officers made last minute applications which made it very difficult to get attended to.

The 2000 Voters not allowed to vote
It has come to the Commission’s attention that  no such incident happened at Ngwerere basic school polling station.
Voters being closed out at Vera Chiluba Basic School
The Presiding Officer brought in everyone who was on the queue outside by 18:00hrs and locked the gate to ensure that only those that were in the queue inside and outside the gate by 18:00hrs were allowed to vote. When they finished voting then they found a crowd of people who had come to vote after 18:00hrs. 
 Conclusion

The Commission continues to call for calm and peace until the whole process is concluded. 

The Next briefing will be at 14.00hours

  8 comments for “Day 2 POST-POLL DAY:PRESS BRIEFING BY THE CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER, MS. PRISCILLA ISAAC

  1. Christopher Banda
    August 12, 2016 at 14:38

    As a peace loving Zambian. I wish to thank the commission for the hard work they are doing. I know that as a commission you are under pressure from stakehorders to release the results. I must state that take your time and make sure you release the correct results in fair manner. I love the patience, wisdom and accuracy you are showing in the manner you are handling issues. May God bless you as you undertake this noble task and may God bless our country with peace and unity.

  2. August 12, 2016 at 14:43

    Chris akufuna said that the next up date is at 14:00hrs,people anxiously waiting for the results and this is the style you did 2011 and u are still reapeting the same tricks you did .we know lungu has lost
    Just announce

  3. August 12, 2016 at 14:51

    So far how many polling stations have been verified across the country?

    • August 12, 2016 at 16:28

      This is to 17hrs and it was announced that the second briefing will be at 14:00hrs

  4. Duncan
    August 12, 2016 at 15:36

    Job well done ECZ this far. You have operated and conducted these general election above board. I for one thought i would spend alot of time in the boot due to the number of ballots i had to fill. But low and behold under 5minutes i was done and dusted. Keep it up!

  5. gift
    August 12, 2016 at 16:14

    Thanks for the facts because I watched this breafing but what are the responses to the frights which are not accompanied by political representatives like the issues for mufumbwe.

  6. August 12, 2016 at 19:07

    Thank you Commissioner and we give God the glory.Go Zambia Go…..

  7. isaac napi
    August 13, 2016 at 08:31

    My comment is may our good officers at ecz be transperent in anouncing the results by puting God first in there work

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