OPPOSITION United Party for National Development (UPND) has tumbled in Eastern Province after recording a zero vote at Parliamentary level.
Mr Lameck Mangani, who is a senior member of the Patriotic Front (PF) campaign team in Eastern province, says UPND leader Mr Hakainde Hichilema must be a joker to claim victory with votes from only half the province.
Mr Mangani explained that out of 18 constituencies in Eastern province, 14 constituencies have been scooped by the ruling Patriotic Front while three constituencies had been scooped by independent candidates and one constituency had gone to the former ruling party MMD.
He said he was surprised that Mr Hichilema could claim victory when President Edgar Lungu had won in over six provinces which included Eastern province.
“President Edgar Lungu has over 80 members of Parliament and I am told that the number will be over 100 plus independent candidates who were campaigning for him. Surely how then can Mr Hichilema claim victory in such a scenario?” Mr Mangani said.
He said the Parallel Voters Tabulation (PVT) which the UPND was basing their victory claims should be revisited because it does not reflect what was obtaining on the ground.
Mr Mangani suggested that Mr Hichilema and his team should revisit all the polling stations and constituencies if he needed to verify his results because storming the Mulungushi International Conference Centre (MICC) was very unfair.
He explained that there was no way the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) could manipulate the results at Mulungushi because they were merely announcing what was obtaining from all the polling stations at Constituency level.
Mr Mangani said there was no polling station at Mulungushi Conference Centre for Mr Hichilema and his running mate Mr Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) to storm the national results centre.
“Each political party sent their own representatives at each polling station and what Mr Hichilema should do is get all the form five certificates from their agents and compare with what ECZ is releasing from Mulungushi to the general public,” Mr Mangani said.
He said people were being suspicious over nothing because it was not possible to manufacture results from Mulungushi because all the polling agents had proof (form G12 certificates).
Mr Mangani said Mulungushi was only a final destination for results received from all the polling stations ready for dissemination.
He said ECZ could not change the outcome of what people had decided on the ground and urged Mr Hichilema to emulate President Lungu who even attended church service while waiting for the final announcement.