The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has expressed regret over two deaths as a result of isolated acts of political violence in different regions of the country yesterday.
Kryticous Shindano, the ECZ Chief Electoral Officer, has since urged Zambians across the country to stay calm and peaceful while the country awaits election results.
Jackson Kungo, the Patriotic Front (PF) leader for Northwestern Province, and Emmanuel Chihili, the brother of Northwestern Province Permanent Secretary, were assassinated yesterday by suspected opposition political party members.
In a briefing at Mulungushi International Conference Centre, which is a national totaling centre, Mr. Shindano also announced that there were people that were still voting in some polling stations that at midnight.
He said these are places where polling stations delayed to open due to some challenges.
He said as a result, the polling stations extended voting beyond 18 hours, which is a stipulated time for closing voting.
Mr. Shindano said the next briefing at the national totaling centre will be at 10:00hours this morning.
Yesterday, Zambians flocked to polling stations to vote in the presidential, parliamentary, mayoral, council chairperson and local government elections.
There are a total of 7,023,499 registered voters in Zambia.