Lusaka residents have elected Patriotic Front candidate Miles Sampa as their new mayor, taking over from the late Wilson Kalumba to keep the City Council under the ruling party’s charge.
And the PF has won 13 out of the 14 ward elections countrywide.
According to official ECZ results announced, Sampa has won with a landslide victory, having polled 81,936
from all the seven constituencies followed by UPND’s Kangwa Chileshe got 36,754 votes.
Singer Petersen Mukubesa Mundia of the People’s Alliance for Change, which is led by Andyford Mayele Banda managed to beat Chishimba Kambwili’s Saboi Imboela having polled 7,741 better than his fellow musician candidate who only managed 2,645
Results between the top two rival parties were as follows:
Chawama – PF 10,361 UPND 3,900
Kabwata – PF 9,166 UPND 5,628
Kanyama – PF 9,617 UPND 7,109
Lusaka central -PF 7,565 UPND 4,663
Matero – PF 17,012 UPND 4,600
Munali – PF 12,717 UPND 6,636
Mandevu – PF 15,566 UPND 4,517
In Kabwata Constituency, Petersen got 1, 187 ahead of Saboi who got 381. These were followed by Madalitso Musukwa of UPPZ who got 181, UPP president Saviour Chishimba who relegated himself to the mayoral race got 118, Dennis Bwalya of NAREP got 56, Alfred Banda of Zambia’s founding party UNIP 39, ahead of Leslie Chikuse of RPP who got a paltry 27.
In Chawama Constituency, the voting pattern was the same, putting Petersen and Saboi on third and fourth 761 and 260 votes. Musukwa of UPPZ got 113 votes, Banda of UNIP 71, Chishimba and his UPP got 43, Bwalya of NAREP 28, while Chikuse of RPP maintained the last spot with 17 votes.
Lusaka Central Constituency gave Petersen of PAC 978 and Saboi of NDC 399. These were followed by the bottom half leaders UPPZ who got 112, UPP 93, NAREP 75, UNIP 49 and RPP 12.
According to the official results announced, the combined number of all opposition votes were still not enough to offset the ruling party candidate.
However, authorities have noted that only less than 20 per cent of registered voters took part in the election.