Voting is underway in the sesheke constituency parliamentary by-election, tightly contested by the Opposition United Party for National Development and the ruling Patriotic Front.
Dean Musule is contesting on a PF ticket while Romeo Kangombe is the candidate for the UPND in the poll that has been characterized by incidents of violence.
Sesheke Constituency in Western Province has a total of 27,872 Registered Voters, 43 Polling Stations and 52 Polling Streams. Seven (7) out of these forty-three (43) polling stations are not easily accessible.
In the meantime the electoral commission disclosed that the election results for the seven (7) polling stations will only be available on Wednesday 13th February, 2019.
The affected polling stations are either serviced by Chopper which is unable to fly at night or accessible via the Zambia-Namibia Border that closes at 18:00 hours.
Further, the Zambia-Namibia Border will be used due to the inaccessible road access on the Zambian side. You may wish to note that the election results would have been endorsed by political party agents and other accredited observers once the count is concluded.
The polling stations referred to are as follows:
Serviced by Air Transport: Sonso School, Katete Community School and Mandila Community School;
Accessible through Zambia-Namibia Border: Mbao Community School, Imusho Primary School, Chivula Primary School and Maunga SDA Church which are all in Imusho Ward.
Commission Public Relations Manager Margaret Chimanse said in a statement to 5fm news that Due to this, the declaration for the Sesheke Parliamentary By-Election will be on 13th February, 2019.
The Commission wishes to further appeal for peace and calm during Poll Day, during the Count of the result and in turn the final declaration of the winner of the Sesheke Parliamentary By-Election.
5fm will be providing regular updates on election.