Sesheke votes in a bloody by-election

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The people of Sesheke, South West Zambia are voting in a by-election campaigns were marred with violence, reports Keith Phiri for Zambian Eye.

The poll opened Tuesday at 6AM and will close at 6PM local time.  There are fears many will stay away following violence that characterised the campaigns.

Republican president Edgar Lungu who is campaigning for his ruling party candidate had to leave the Africa Union Summit to hold another rally in the space of 48 hours on the eve of the poll.

He has been in Sesheke with senior cabinet and party officials.

A ruling party insider tells Zambian Eye that the PF would want to win the seat at all cost to prove that they are penetrating Western province, the opposition UPND stronghold.

Despite the Vice president hailing from the region, the ruling party failed to get a single parliamentary seat in the province during the 2016 general election.

However, the PF has been winning induced local government by-elections in the region including a parliamentary seat in Mangango.

The opposition UPND, campaigning to retain the seat is leaving no chance for the ruling party. It’s leader Hakainde Hichilema has camped in Sesheke and says he will only leave after results are announced.

He says the Sesheke by-election results will prove that Gun culture cannot stop people power.

A loss for UPND in Sesheke will only show that the opposition party is losing grip in the region which will be a bad sign for 2021 general election.

The Electoral Commission of Zambia says it will only announce the final results on Wednesday due to inaccessblity challenges to seven polling stations that can only accessed by air and via Namibia.

Sesheke has over 27, 000 registered voters.

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