The electorate in various parts of the Copperbelt from all walks of life yesterday turned out in numbers to exercise their rights by voting for their preferred political leaders to represent them at all levels from the ward councilor, mayor or Council Secretary, Member of
Parliament and the top most job of the President.
During an on spot check by the Daily Nation in different polling stations on the Copperbelt revealed that the people woke up early to go and cast their votes for the leaders of their choice.
In Kitwe’s Chimwemwe constituency the electorate started voting at Ishuko primary school as early as 06;00hrs and the turnout was good without incidents as the Police kept vigil.
The presiding officer at Bamboo council building polling station in Nkana constituency in Kitwe’s Buchi ward Magdalene Mwila said the polling station opened at 06; 15hrs due to some logistical arrangements that were not put in place on time.
Ms Mwila said by 10;30hrs 300 voters had casted their votes both in the general election and the referendum vote.
She said the people voting in the referendum was not bad as most of them had an idea of what the referendum means.
A check at the popular city square in Kitwe Chipatala polling station found a good number of people from different ages as they were all interested in voting with some of the youths who had expressed happiness as some of them were voting for the first time in their life.
The Presiding officer at Chipatala polling station Peter Mulomba said the polling station opened as early as 04:50hrs with a positive response of the people.
Mr Mulomba told the Daily Nation that the total number of registered voters is 2,371 and more than 900 voters had voted by 12;00hrs.
He said the election process was going on smoothly because there had been no negative incident recorded and the voters were happy even with the handful presence of the Police officers who had executed their work in a professional manner.
The same was true at Chingola’s Lulalamba polling station where the turnout was impressive. Some of the electorates headed for Nchanga Secondary school polling station in Nchanga
A voter from Kalulushi constituency in Kalengwa ward, Lizzy Banda said the people had responded positively as everyone was eager to vote for their voices to be heard