DISAPPOINTING voter apathy characterized yesterday’s presidential election with some polling stations recording exceedingly low turnout.
Lusaka’s Kalingalinga Basic School presiding officer Patrick Mulenga blamed the low turnout of voters on rains which kept away many people from polling stations.
Mr. Mulenga said other people did not show up because they had gone to work in their maize fields while others just stayed home for no reason.
He however said the electoral atmosphere was non-violent, adding that the first person to cast a vote was by the door by 05 hours.
Out of 783 Stream 1 voters at Kalingalinga C, 300 had cast their votes by 16 hours.
Stream 3 had 782 and 325 had cast their vote by 16 hours while Stream 4 had 320 casting their vote out of 782 registered voters.
Kalingalinga D at the same school which had three streams also recorded similar results from yesterday’s poll outcome.
At Chelstone council office polling station about 360 voters had cast their votes by 16hrs in Stream while 280 had voted in Stream 2.
At Chankukulula Basic School 720 had cast their votes by 17 hours, while at Kapwilyomba Basic School 1,000 voters had cast their votes.
In Lufwanyama on the Copperbelt at Mpopo polling station 76 people had cast their vote by the close of the voting period.
At Kabwe’s Ngungu polling station about 450 voters had cast their vote by 18 hours.
Presiding officer Samuel Mutale at Lusaka City Council library in Katondo Street said out of 3,369 registered voters only 1000 had cast their votes by 16 hours.
“We opened at 06 hours and voter turnout was high. By 08hrs about 500 people had voted and at 16hrs over 1,000 had voted. It was gratifying that by 04hrs people had gathered here for voting,” said Mr. Mutale.
“In the morning we had higher turnout mainly of street vendors. This is the biggest polling station in Lusaka central Constituency. It has seven voting streams,” he said.
Mr Mutale said that the voter apathy being experienced was as a result of people relocating while others had died.