The Zambian Voice Press Statement on The 2016 General Elections -18th August, 2016
Firstly we would like to commend the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for the job well done.
ECZ prepared for the 11th August general election and the referendum very well.
Most of all, we are happy that ECZ were very transparent every step of the way and the involved all stakeholders.
ECZ were also very patient and tolerant to all the views and concerns expressed by all stakeholders especially political parties.
During the day of elections, ECZ conducted the elections very efficiently such that most polling stations opened and closed at the right time after serving the electorates that turned up to vote.
The management of results was also very transparent because all political parties were allowed to verify the figures before they were finally announced.
We would also like to commend the police for securely the Country as a whole and all the electoral process, such that citizens voted peacefully.
As Zambian Voice we participated in the preparation of elections and monitored the voting and the announcement of results.
We are glad to state that the elections were transparent, free and fair according to our constitution and the international standards for holding a credible and democratic election.
We therefore commend all Zambians and all those who participated in this election.
While we affirm that the last elections were transparent, free and fair, we recognize that, there were a few incidences that did not go according to the expectations of the ECZ and other stakeholders, however, we believe that those incidences could not change the outcome of this election.
It is normal to have a few hiccups in a huge process such as the just ended elections because it involves a lot of activities and individuals with different character and motives.
Therefore, it is unreasonable for anyone to over emphasize the few negatives of the last election and discredit the all process.
What is of more concern is that, there have been people who have been antagonist and discrediting the process right from the beginning.
Some stakeholders have been speculative of almost everything relating to the elections.
During the registration of voters, some stakeholders alarmed the nation that ECZ had registered 500, 000 voters with a view to rig the 2016 elections. This speculation ended up with some members of a named political party being in court charged with criminal offenses relating to the same rumors.
The printing of ballot papers was also a subject of speculation and suspicion. However, all the stakeholders who witnessed the printing of ballot papers in Dubai proved that, there was nothing sinister in the awarding of the tender and the printing of ballot papers.
ECZ was put under pressure during the distribution of electoral material throughout the Country as the same stakeholders intercepted trucks carrying ECZ material.
During voting, eminent lawyers rose on point of order alleging that some people were voting more than once (6 times) but no one was proven to have had voted 6 times.
The issue of verifying of results was also a tedious task for the ECZ because some political parties did not have representatives in some polling stations and yet they were querying the results transmitted.
In other instances, some political representatives were dodging the signing of the GEN12 (primary source document of the ECZ to enter results) if their candidate did not do well.
Some political representatives were also communicating different results, other than what they had signed for, to their superiors at Mulungushi were the final verification was being done before the announcement.
These incidences caused the delay in announcing of results and the discrediting of the process by some political parties.
PETITIONING OF RESULTS
It is within the rights of any stakeholder to petition the results following the legal processes. However, we are concern with the provocative and inciting statements coming from the opposition, especially the United Party for National Development (UPND).
We have noticed with dismay the some statements coming from the UPND leadership.
While President Lungu has been preaching peace and unity, the UPND leadership is issuing provocative and inciting statements, stating that the Patriotic Front (PF) have stolen their vote and urging their members not to accept the results but rather take President Hakainde Hichilema and his running mate as the winners of the just ended 2016 elections.
This is very unfortunate and we would like to urge the UPND to refrain from issuing such statement but rather take their petition to the Constitutional court in dignity without being their own judges.
We also wish to urge the Constitutional Judges to exercise the ultimate wisdom as they consider the evidence and the situation in the Country so that they can pass a ruling that will reflect the will of the majority as expressed in the last election as soon as they analyse all facts when should the petition be launched.
It is unfair to the majority Zambians that, a few people would hold the Country at ransom that, unless they get the power then that is when there will be peace and unity.
Democracy should not only be accepted when things favors the individual interests and ambitions but the majority.
If you have ever been through a painful divorce you would agree with me how depressing it is. I don’t know if I am just emotionally weak but I doubt if I will ever recover from it.
Divorce is more painful than a deep physical cut on your body, it is more devastating than the loss of a job or wealth.
A person who is emotionally broken out of divorce, will not apply himself to work, he will not associate with his friends well, therefore he or she faces difficulties in the community and it affects everyone.
The children of a divorced couple, automatically becomes vulnerable in many different ways such that you need to pray constantly that God intervenes to compensate for the deficiencies that come out of divorce of their parents.
Divorce comes about when two people fail to agree or appreciate each other, but mostly one of the two becomes unreasonably selfish and ignores the difficulties that he or she will subject everybody else just for them to follow their individual desires or ambitions.
At times people are influenced by others such as relatives or friends or new lovers, etc, however it all boils down to one person being selfish and refusing to consider all those affected in their decision.
I relate what is happening in our Country to divorce, because I know the pain and the consequences. We have a situation of two people (Edgar Lungu and Hakainde Hichilema) like in marriage and they want to break our Country in two and we the citizens are the children.
I heard President Lungu yesterday trying by all means to preach peace like a man who is pleading with his wife not to divorce. He tried so hard that he was even making promises that he will appoint some of the relatives of this woman (Southerners and Westerners) who has become so difficult and threatening divorce.
I was also very happy on how President Lungu referred to Late Michael Sata, like a mother who never divorced his husband in spite of the difficulties that she went through. I must say, that, I have never heard President Lungu speak so fondly and appreciative of Sata than he did yesterday. I was really touched and my heart sobbed.
Many young ladies, bubbled with gender agenda principles think that, their mothers stayed in marriages because their fathers were better than their husbands, not knowing that they mothers wetted their pillows in tears every other night, but they stayed so that they can give their children a life they have as divas today.
If any marriage has to be saved from divorce, honesty has come be there, to bring out what are the real issues that the two are going through. Both parties must be magnanimous with the truth.
The two must also behave an attitude of give and take. There is no way, you can save a breaking marriage when it is only one person who is willing to concede mistakes and trying to make good of the situation.
From the way President Lungu spoke, I am relatively convinced that he wants oneness in this Country, and he is willing to give up something to preserve that unity.
However, truth be told, I don’t see willingness from Mr. Hakainde Hichilema to keep peace and unity if his desires to be Republican President are not realized.
President Hichilema is all bent on having Presidency at all cost and he does not seem to care about anything else, just like a young lady, pregnant with genda agenda code, which does not prescribe anything about sacrifice and give and take principles for the sake of marriage, children, dependants living in the same house, relatives and friends connected to the couple.
Just like in marriage, President Lungu and the PF may not be perfect, and President Hichilema may have suffered a bit of injustice democratically, but does it warrant the chaos and disunity that HH and his colleagues have been preaching about?
HH and his colleagues in UPND have been threatening Armageddon if they will not be given power, surely, is that a good attitude for people who love their Country like a good mother who loves her family?
President Sata twice cried, that his votes had been stolen and many of his supporters were ready to go to war to defend what they believed to be their victory, but he restrained them and never even went to court.
Imagine the cost that this Country would pay if the court would nullify (which I doubt would happen) the last election. The last three months has been tense due to the campaigns and it is a miracle that the elections pasted incidence free.
Who would want to go back to the emotional stress of the elections as we had them? How much will this Country lose, knowing the economic difficulties we have as a nation?
Does HH know, how his supporters are being hated because of his selfishness to get power at all cost?
How much will President Lungu do to restrain his supporters when HH is inciting his cadres to shout that elections have been stolen by useless and drunkard Lungu? Writing hate speech on social media by people who are not even in the Country.
I have many Tongas and Lozis asking me to tell the PF supporters from mocking them and threatening violence against them, but is anyone thinking of the fear that the PF supporters had if HH had won this election?
Just think for a moment how Zambia would have been for the PF members and all those that supported President Lungu if HH had won this election.
Nonetheless, President Lungu is preaching peace and truth be told, the PF have behaved maturely because I have not heard of anyone who has been beaten by the PF for supporting UPND and HH.
Of course they maybe some incidences here and there but I think President Lungu has tried to control his members and supporters.
Let’s face it, the peace of this Country lays in the hands of HH. If only HH can be reasonable and altruistic, to let go of whatever grief he has resulting from the last election, peace would be restored in this Country and we will get back to our normal life.
As long as HH keep fighting and calling President Lungu, PF members, PF supporters and ECZ, names that they stole his victory, no one can guarantee peace because these people may react and President Lungu will be too far away stop them.
HH has to show patriotism and back down from all bitterness, like a caring woman who loves her family, and for once show true leadership even if he is not Republican President.
If anyone wants to help or is scared for his or her life, let them talk to HH because he holds the key to this peace.
|CENTRAL PROVINCE – 15 SEATS|
|COPPERBELT PROVINCE – 22 SEATS||25%||35%|
|EASTERN PROVINCE – 18 SEATS||34%||18%|
|LUAPULA PROVINCE – 15 SEATS||35%||8%|
|LUSAKA PROVINCE – 14 SEATS||43%||7%|
|MUCHINGA PROVINCE – 10 SEATS||36%||19%|
|NORTHERN PROVINCE – 13 SEATS||40%||7%|
|NORTH-WESTERN PROVINCE – 12 SEATS||42%||14%|
|SOUTHERN PROVINCE – 18 SEATS||7%||53%|
|WESTERN PROVINCE – 19 SEATS||6%||63%|
The campaign period is officially over, we now await for polling stations to open at 06:00hrs.
We expect voting to go on till late in the night and possibly the following day in some remote areas due to logistical challenges.
Results are expected to start trickling into Mulungushi around 21:00hrs tomorrow.
We expect a bulk of results on 12th August 2016 but the final results might only be known on the 13th August 2016 which will be a Saturday.
However, we expect an electoral petition by Monday 15th from the losing Presidential candidate.
According to the new amendment constitution, the President will not be sworn-in immediately after being declared winner, this has to wait for 7 days to allow anyone with issues to petition the election.
The Constitutional Court is the one that is mandated to hear Presidential petition while MPs will go to the High Court. Local leaders will go to the tribunal for their petitions.
The Constitutional Court will have to hear the case within 14 days, therefore, if the losing candidate petition the results by 15th August 2016, the case will be disposed off by, or before, 29th August 2016.
Inauguration is likely to take place immediately after the Con Court ruling which should be around 25th (Thursday) or 26th (Friday) or 29th (Monday) or 30th.
During the petition period, the Speaker of The National Assembly takes over as caretaker of running Govt. The Speaker will also continue if the elections are nullified by the Con Court.
In case of a re-run, which is highly unlikely in this election, the President will continue running the Country until after the second round is held.
As The Zambian Voice we are monitoring the elections and we will keep you updated with official results as announced by ECZ.
We will also do some analysis and verification of figures.
We therefore urge you to stay close to our page and our website. We may also have press briefings at intervals when need arises.
The the main objective of The Zambian Voice is to promote good governance through democracy and that is why we have been supporting the PF and President Edgar Lungu.
Actually this morning I was on One Love Radio and I was saying that, I don’t like HH because he is too power hungry. People who are power hungry threaten democracy because they will do any thing to get or preserve power.
Unfortunately this afternoon, President Edgar Lungu just went over the bar and threatened the very democracy I have been fighting for when he spoke at a rally in Kitwe.
President Lungu said that, if I have to choose between peace and democracy, I would choose peace. He said that, he would ignore democracy to ensure peace. He even told journalist to go and report what he said.
This statement is debatable but I think it is not in good faith from my point of view as one who wants democracy to be preserved and sustained in this Country.
Clearly, the President went offside and I will not hesitate to raise the flag and flash a yellow card in the 81st minute of this campaign period.
I appreciate President Lungu wants to preserve peace, but it must be within the confines of the constitution which promotes democracy.
If President Lungu follows the constitution, he would not ignore or abrogate democracy, rather he will preserve and promote it.
This is why we are still some miles away in perfecting our constitution, because Presidential powers make people lose their cool and humility.
Our Constitution allows our President to feel like he is a small god not matter how small he may be, just like me.
President Lungu is a very humble and nice man but his statement today, exposed him, that power may be corrupting him. Those Presidential powers are getting into him.
Why do President Lungu say, they (UPND and HH) will see what he will do to them if they don’t accept the results in the coming elections.
In as much as I know that President Lungu will win this election, I will not standby and watch him become autocratic. Let him win this election democratically and rule this Country as such, and nothing sort of that.
If HH and the UPND would become unruly after losing elections, it is not President Lungu to punish them, rather it is the law. So there is no need, whatsoever, for him to say, they will see what “I” will do to them.
President Lungu has no powers to punish anyone, it is the law that should punish not him.
At times, the President says that he walks with a big stick, a big stick for want and for who? He does not need a big stick to rule this Country, rather he needs love for the people and respect for the law and this is why any Constitutional office holder including Presidents and Ministers swear to protect and preserve the Constitution.
Awe bane, lets just do politics nicely not getting over excited with the cheering crowds, mwalalufyanya, twalamimwenamo, ifwe tatufwaya ukwangala kuli (You will go wrong and we will censer you , because we don’t want to play with) democracy and good governance
It is the people that choose leaders and we are the masters, so please President Lungu respect democracy because that is where the power of the people lays otherwise you want to take away the people’s power.
Napwisha, Politics teyabana iyoo.