Scores of polling stations in Zambia are expected to stay open past the official closing time Tuesday night, to compensate for the late opening.
Large numbers of Zambian voters turned out early to beat the 6pm closing time. But according to Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), close to 150 stations accessible to them only by air were unable to open due to bad weather.
The administrative delays could scuttle plans to have all results in by Thursday, ahead of Friday’s scheduled inauguration.
The electoral commission says it’s working flat-out to ensure every designated station opens for at least 12 hours. Priscilla Isaacs, ECZ Director, says so far things are going well, countrywide.
Elsewhere in Zambia, voting is progressing smoothly despite some minor setbacks.
Earlier in the day, voters braved the rains to exercise their most basic democratic right. In all, voting was brisk.
The electoral commission remains hopeful it will be able to meet its Friday deadline for the inauguration, an event which heads of states have already confirmed participation for
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has had boots on ground for weeks. According to SADC Head of Observer Mission, South Africa’s Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, despite the hiccups, the regional body is happy with the process.
The credibility of Zambia’s polls is critical for the declared winner as opposition parties have already raised serious questions.
Meanwhile, Zambia’s political key figures cast their vote, among them founding father, Kenneth Kaunda.
The electoral commission remains hopeful it will be able to meet its Friday deadline for the inauguration, an event which heads of states have already confirmed participation for.