Voting progressing well in Mkaika

Voting in 38 polling stations of Mkaika parliamentary constituency started this morning and is progressing well though with an average turnout.

A check by Zambian News and information Services (ZANIS) at Unda polling station found that out of the 1,800 registered voters, only 101 had so far cast their votes by 09:00 hours.

Assistant presiding offer Christopher Moyo said the turnout was impressive adding that people arrived to cast their votes as early as 05:00 hours before the polling station opened.

And a check at Omelo Mumba polling station found that only about 80 voters had cast their votes out of the 4, 250 registered voters.

Presiding officer Adamson Mulambya express hoped that the turn out will improve as the day progresses.

Meanwhile at Katete primary school polling station, about 151 voters had cast their votes out of the 1,337 registered voters at the polling station.

Presiding officer Philip Mwansa told ZANIS that the voting was going on peacefully.

The Mkaika seat fell vacant after MMD Member of Parliament David Phiri defected to the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) on which he is re-contesting the seat.

MMD has fielded Peter Phiri, Nelson Mwale is contesting on UNIP ticket while the National Restoration Party (NAREP) has floated Nigel Mphakateni.