PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu yesterday praised political parties which took part in the three by-elections for maintaining peace and has urged them to exhibit the same behaviour and attitude even in future elections.
The by-elections were being held in Chawama, Masaiti and Senga Hill.
President Lungu said peace was cardinal in the nation and urged political parties to continue with peaceful electoral process.
He said this after casting his vote at Crossford polling station commonly known as Andrew Mwenya in Chawama constituency in Lusaka.
Mr. Lungu, who voted at about 10:00 hours, was accompanied by Chawama PF campaign manager and Matero constituency Member of Parliament Miles Sampa, Lusaka Province youth chairman Kennedy Kamba and other senior Patriotic Front (PF) members.
He urged political parties who took part in the three by-elections to embrace those who will lose because this was acceptable in any given democratic nation such as Zambia.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Chawama residents lined up the streets to get a glimpse of the presidential motorcade after President Lungu cast his vote in yesterday’s Chawama constituency by-election.
Chawama fell vacant after the January 20, 2015 presidential election which saw former Member of Parliament now Edgar Lungu’s election to the highest office in the land, following the death of his predecessor Michael Sata in October last year.
Most market stalls and tuntembas in the area remained closed as the Presidential motorcade passed through the township with hundreds of residents lining up to wave at the motorcade.
The Zambia Police traffic officers were however on hand to control the huge crowd as the motorcade drove past.