PATRIOTIC Front (PF) president Edgar Lungu has called for calm among Zambians and ruling party members as the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) continues to announce election results.
Mr Lungu said people should understand that democracy was not only about numbers but also patience and as facilitators of the election process, the ruling party would follow the law as stipulated in the Electoral Act.
He said in a press statement issued by PF secretary general Davies Chama yesterday that Zambia again had shown, as observed by international and local monitors, that it could hold a crucial poll even at short notice as a united front.
“I, therefore, urge our supporters and our members to continue being a shining example of peace and unity and let the ECZ under Justice Irene Mambilima do its job, which so far they have shown they can do well,” Mr Lungu said.
He said as a God-fearing man, he wanted nothing but peace to prevail adding that he won many battles prior to the election and he had no doubt his winning streak would continue rising, given the hard work he put in the race coupled with support he received from the party.
“We do not want to be like others that want to take matters in their own hands by declaring themselves winners before the votes are cast and also by showing resistance in accepting defeat before votes are counted.
“If you can wait a day, there must be nothing wrong in waiting another hour or two in the name of democracy and political maturity,” Mr Lungu said.
He said if elected he wanted to continue building health posts, expanding the Link Zambia 8000 project, expanding on the 4500 houses for the defence personnel and building accommodation facilities in universities and other higher institutions of learning.
Mr Lungu also promised to diversify the economy and give the people a new Constitution.