A PRESIDING officer was yesterday almost beaten at Chibolya Basic School polling station by suspected angry Patriotic Front (PF) cadres on suspicion that she was given money to buy votes for the opposition United Party for the National Development (UPND).
According to the cadres, the presiding officer was allegedly seen receiving huge amounts of money from a suspected UNPD supporter to entice the electorate to vote for the opposition party.
The presiding officer whose name could not immediately be identified admitted having received money amounting to K3, 000 but told the Daily Nation, however, that the money she received was for her personal business as she was a business lady.
“The money I got is my money. I am a business lady and I asked someone to drop the money at the polling station since I was going to be here for the whole day. The money has nothing to do with buying votes. I am a very honest person and I cannot do that,” she pleaded after she was confronted.
The presiding officer and the suspected UPND supporters were later dragged to Lusaka Central Police where they were detained.
And when contacted for a comment, Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga confirmed of having received the complaint.
Mr. Hamoonga, however, could not give full details on the matter as it was under investigation.
“This matter is under investigations. As soon as our officers conclude the investigations, we will inform the public,” Mr. Hamoonga said.