THE Patriotic Front (PF) was by yesterday leading in terms of the number of members of Parliament having swept clean Lusaka, Luapula, Northern Muchinga and Eastern Provinces.
And according to the presidential results from three Constituencies and announced by the ECZ, President Edgar Lungu had taken an early lead winning in Feira, and Mwansabombwe with Mr Hichilema trailing having won the Chavuma Constituency.
In Feira, President Lungu polled 5, 733 with Mr Hichilema polling 2, 362 while in Mwansabombwe, the Head of State polled 10,455 with Mr Hichilema trailing with 1,931.
Mr Hichilema polled 12,065 in Chavuma while President Lungu only managed 1,442.
In parliamentary elections, the UPND was trailing by a wide margin in terms of MPs but maintained its traditional stronghold in Southern Province, North-Western and Western Provinces.
In Lusaka, the governing party won the Chawama seat with Lawrence Sichalwe, Mandevu with Jean Kapata, Kabwata with Given Lubinda, Munali with Professor Nkandu Luo, Lusaka Central with Margaret Mwanakatwe, Kanyama with Elizabeth Phiri and Lloyd Kazhila in Matero.
In Eastern Province, the ruling party won 15 parliamentary seats out of the 18 seats with the three having been taken by Independent candidates who were former PF members.
The PF in Nyimba had Olipa Mwansa Phiri, Dora Siliya retained her Petauke Central seat, Peter Daka has bounced back as Msanzala member of Parliament while Kaumbwe Constituency was taken by Listed Tembo.
Charles Banda won the Kapoche seat while Milanzi had Wyson Banda, Victoria Kalima retained her Kasenengwa seat with the Chapate Central going to Moses Mawele while Vincent Malambo continues to serve the people of Chipangali.
Charles Zulu scooped the Lawangeni seat with the Chadiza seat going to Salatielo Tembo, Vubwi was won by Margarete Miti while Lusaka prominent lawyer Makebi Zulu is on his way to Manda Hill by taking Malambo seat.
Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) vice-president Chifumu Banda should have left the stage while the audience was still clapping but he was told that he had stayed his welcome when he was defeated by a political upstart Gerald Zimba.
Eastern Province PF chairman Andrew Lubisha when contacted for a comment on the performance of the ruling party only said he was happy with the prospects of giving President Edgar Lungu a landslide victory in the region.
In Muchinga, the PF had scooped all the 10 parliamentary seats starting with Mpika where Sylvia Chalikosa got the seat with former Local Government and Housing minister Steven Kampyongo reaffirming his supremacy in Shiwangándu.
Malozo Sichone also retained his Isoka seat, Mwimba Malama has remained in Mfuwe while former Inspector General of Police Martin Malama having taken Kanchibiya.
The Chinsali seat in Muchinga was scooped by the PF candidate Kabalwe Mukosa and was wrapped up with Chama North which was taken by Darius Mumba.
In Luapula, the PF has maintained its dominance and scooped 13 out of the 15 parliamentary seats with former Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has maintained his supremacy in Bahati Constituency with a resounding victory.
Chembe Constituency has been taken by Sebastian Koplanda, Mwansabombwe has remained with Rodgers Mwewa while Chilufa Chitalu has also retained his Mansa Central seat as Mwansa Mbulakulima is the new MP in the new Constituency Mibenge, Emerine Kabanshi is still Laupula with Ronald Chitotela retaining Pambashe.
Bangweulu seat was taken by Anthony Kasandwe, Chimbamilonga was scooped by Hastings Chansa while Mwense Constituency was taken by Mabumba, as Nickson Chilangwa has remained in Kawambwa.
Ronald Chitotela retained his Pambashe seat as Chifunauli was scooped by Ponde Mecha Chunga.
The PF has also swept Northern Province with Malole being retained by Christopher Yaluma, Kasama Central Kelvin Sampa, Mpulungu has retained Freedom Sikazwe as Mporokoso was taken by Brian Mundubile as Lunte went to Kafwaya Mutetwe.
Kaputa was taken by Maxas Ngónga as Lubansenshi was won by George Mwamba while Chilubi was taken by Rosario Fundanga with Senga going to Kapembwa Simbao.
The ruling party had also enjoyed a good chunk of the Copperbelt with all the urban seats save for three being won by the governing party.
In Central Province, the PF and UPND seem to have shared the spoils.