ALL the presidential candidates yesterday cast their votes at their respective polling stations with some of them declaring that in the unlikely event of losing they will accept the poll result.
Patriotic Front (PF) presidential candidate Edgar Lungu said he would accept the outcome of yesterday’s election and urged other candidates to do so if they lose.
He was speaking after casting his vote at Andrew Mwenya polling station in Chawama’s John Howard, where he is Member of Parliament.
Mr Lungu, who cast his vote at 10:14 hours was accompanied by his wife, Esther.
He also said he was confident of winning the election by a big margin because he has delivered the right message and the people have accepted him.
Fourth Revolution president Eric Chanda said all losing candidates should accept the results and ensure that there was peace after the election.
Mr Chanda said after voting at Chakunkula Basic School that losing this year’s election was not the end of the road.
“They (candidates) should accept the results and move forward and ensure that there is peace in the country. There is still 2016 and can do better,” Mr Chanda said.
Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) president Nevers Mumba expressed concern at the low turnout of voters at the polling centre.
Speaking after casting his vote at 11:10 hours at Woodlands ‘A’ basic School polling station, he urged voters to turn out in large numbers and vote for a candidate who would move the country forward.
National Restoration Party (NAREP) president Elias Chipimo said he was participating in the election because he wanted to fulfil what his father, Elias Chipimo snr (late) told him to do.
Forum for Development and Democracy (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi faced a challenge when she went to cast her vote at University of Zambia because her nails were painted.
Ms Nawakwi said the action by elections officers to attempt to stop her from voting was a ploy to disenfranchise women because she had a lot of support among them.
She reported the matter to the Electoral Commission of Zambia, requesting the presiding officer to be replaced.
UPND president Hakainde Hichilema called for transparency in the management of election results.
Mr Hichilema, who voted at 12:15 hours at Kabulonga Boys High School polling station, alleged that there was a possibility of rigging by the ruling Patriotic Front. He claimed that some UPND strongholds in Western Province did not have ballot papers by 12:00 hours yesterday.
Green Party president Peter Sinkamba said he was happy that the moment he was waiting had arrived.