Zambia’s Lungu wins in hotly contested vote

Lusaka, Monday Zambia’s incumbent President Edgar Lungu was today declared the winner of a closely-fought election in the southern African ...

Zambia’s president-elect Edgar Lungu in Lusaka. Photo/AFP

Lusaka, Monday Zambia’s incumbent President Edgar Lungu was today declared the winner of a closely-fought election in the southern African country that the opposition claimed was rigged.

Election commission chief Esau Chulu announced that Lungu was “duly elected” after releasing the final results from Thursday’s election which put the president ahead of his main rival Hakainde Hichilema by around 200,000 votes. Lungu polled over 1.86 million votes against Hichilema’s 1.66 million, according to results released four days after polling day.

Hichilema had charged yesterday that unexplained delays in releasing the results were a clear sign of fraud to produce a win for Lungu’s Patriotic Front (PF). “Clearly this is rigging an election, with the collusion of managers at the Electoral Commission of Zambia or commissioners,” said the wealthy businessman, who had made his fifth bid for the presidency.

“We know that the PF, once they realised that they were behind, they wanted to force a re-run. The winner in the elections could have been announced a day or two ago.” The electoral commission had initially said that results would be announced within 48 hours of the close of voting.

Copper-rich Zambia is usually known for its relative stability, but the run-up to the vote was marked by weeks of clashes between supporters of the rival parties which saw at least three people killed.

Election day — which saw a total of nine candidates run for president — was peaceful, with Zambian officials repeatedly issuing calls for calm to try to avoid a violent reaction to the results. —AFP

The post Zambia’s Lungu wins in hotly contested vote appeared first on Mediamax Network Limited.



from Mediamax Network Limited » WORLD http://bit.ly/2biA68x
Nairobi Kenya African News, k24 live, around the globe, media max networks news Kenya

Related

Trending news 7934527481569912647

Post a Comment

emo-but-icon

Follow Us

Hot in week

Recent

Comments

Contact Us

For Complains and compliments towards this website, contact us on dailykenyapost@gmail.com or use the contact form below (on the footer).
item