There was a near riot at Kapiri Mposhi civic center this morning after stakeholders discovered that the strong room where ballot papers for April 23 by-election was found open with some ballot paper booklets missing.
Police had to use teargas to disburse cadres that wanted to met out instant justice to the security guard who was manning the place.
Political parties and other stakeholders today took to task Kapiri Mposhi District Electoral officer and demanded to know why the access room where the ballot papers for the next week’s elections was left open over night.
But District Electoral officer who is also Kapiri Mposhi district Council Secretary Mpande Hamwende who was at pain to explain to the political parties said he does not know who opened the room but assured the parties concerned that all the papers were intact and ruled out accusation of rigging.
Mr Hamwende said he was confident that the papers were intact and that no box was tempered with according to the serial numbers issued by the printer in the United Kingdom and asked them not to panic.
He explained that the only papers which were opened were the ballot papers samples which showed all the candidate and insisted that none of the ballot boxes were opened.
Central Commissioner of police Standwell Lungu said calm had returned but police was monitoring the situation.
And there are reports of PF having imported hundreds of cadres from Copperbelt’s Mukuba ward who are beating people in Kapiri Mposhi.