Election results are moved physically from the polling station to the collation Centre (constituency totaling Centre) by the Presiding Officer, and then the Returning Officer verifies and announces the results to the public. After that the results are captured into the Result Management System (RMS) and transmitted to Electoral Commission of Zambia in Lusaka. Source
Electoral Commission of Zambia, The Electoral Process Act, 2016, accessed 27 July 2021
74. The Commission may use electronic means to transmit results from polling stations.
Electoral Commission of Zambia, Vote Counting, accessed 27 July 2021
Announcement and declaration results
At a polling station
The Presiding Officer announces election results at the polling station. This is done outside the entrance of the polling station. A copy of the polling station results form is posted on the wall outside the polling station for the general public to see.
At a totaling center
The Returning Officer is responsible for adding up results from all polling stations in a constituency. The Returning Officer announces and adds polling station results as they are received. The totaling of results is done in the presence of accredited political party agents, media, election monitors and observers. When all the polling station results have been added, the Returning Officer declares the winners of National Assembly, Mayor/Chairperson and Councilor Elections. The Presidential results are also announced but not declared. Results are then transmitted electronically to the National Results Centre in Lusaka.