Speaking when he addressed party officials in Mufulira, Mr Chikwanda said Southern Province whose voting population was not as big as that of the Copperbelt Province had registered a larger voter turn out because the people in the region knew the importance of exercising their right to participate in the electoral process of the country. He said the Copperbelt unlike other rural provinces had no logistical challenges and that the PF should have amassed the highest votes considering the popularity the ruling party was enjoying in the region.
Mr Chikwanda cautioned PF members and leaders against being sluggish in their approach to constituency issues because the 2016 general elections would be very competitive. He said it was embarrassing for the Patriotic Front (PF) to have garnered such low votes on the Copperbelt which had always been considered the stronghold for the ruling party.
He said the percentage vote on the Copperbelt had always been very high for the ruling party but that it was shocking that the presidential poll in the region was closely contested between Mr Lungu and the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema.
He said this when he addressed PF members and officials in Mufulira during his tour of duty on the Copperbelt where he commissioned the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) housing project, apart from visiting mines.
“We were embarrassed as the PF on the Copperbelt by the low number of votes we got.
The Copperbelt has always been a stronghold for the PF but the percentage voter turnout was embarrassing. Copperbelt unlike other regions where the PF managed to win with high score has no logistical challenges and our friends in Southern Province recorded high turnout of voters even with their logistical problems,” Mr Chikwanda said.
He advised the PF leadership to start working hard and minimize talking because the country would soon be going for general elections.