PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has congratulated the Zambian people for turning out in large numbers.
The president said he was humbled by the positive response to his call for a massive turnout.
He was speaking yesterday after casting his vote at Andrew Mwenya polling station in Chawama constituency and called on Zambians to remain calm as they wait for the declaration of official results by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ).
President Lungu said he was happy and relieved that Zambians had turned out in large numbers to determine the density of the country for the next five years.
The President, who arrived at the polling station at exactly 10:00hrs, was accompanied by First Lady Esther and some PF officials, and said it was heartening that Zambians had matured and realized the importance of exercising their rights to vote for leaders of their choice to govern them.
On arrival, President Lungu was greeted with a thunderous welcome by hundreds of the voters who had queued up as early as 06:00hrs to cast their vote and wanted to catch a glimpse of him.
The President, after casting his vote, escorted First Lady Esther to cast her vote at Kamulanga Secondary School in Kabwata constituency.
Speaking to journalists soon after casting his vote, President Lungu said he felt relieved after voting as he had been waiting to do so for a long time.
He also expressed happiness with the huge voter turnout at the polling station, saying that Zambians had realized the need to exercise their civic duty.
President Lungu advised Zambians to remain calm and wait for the official announcement of the results by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ).
“I am happy that I have voted and that people have turned out in large numbers to exercise their right. I will just be at home relaxing and wait for the official results and I advise Zambians to do the same,” President Lungu said. And African Union (AU) Election Observer Mission leader Goodluck Jonathan said he was so impressed with the manner the elections were conducted.
Dr. Jonathan, who is also Nigeria’s former president, commended the people of Zambia, ECZ and all stakeholders in the electoral process for ensuring peace during the voting process.
“The elections were smooth and I commend the people the people of Zambia and all stakeholders who coordinated the affairs of the elections. I am hopeful that the whole election process will be successful. So far, I have seen no crisis and our wish for this great nation is that peace prevails,” Dr. Jonathan said.