Polls open in Zambia elections: President Edgar Lungu casts vote

Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has cast his vote in what is a keenly observed election in his southern African nation.

Lungu who is seeking re-election will try to fend off a perennial opposition challenger 59 year old Hakainde Hichilema. But in total, 16 candidates are vying for the presidency.

“Please let them come and vote and go back home and stay and wait patiently and peacefully for the outcome” Lungu told journalists shortly after his vote..

“I hear some politicians that are asking people to hang around the polling centres that will just cause chaos. I’ve set the example, I’ve voted I’m going home to stay, listen to the radio, newspapers, television and wait for the results to be declared, that’s what a good citizen does. So please, don’t hang around polling stations this will just cause confusion, contention. The best thing to do is to cast your vote quickly, go home…” the 64 year old leader said.

Lungu came to power in 2015 after winning a disputed snap election to finish the term of President Michael Sata who died in office. He was then elected to a full five-year term in 2016, although his main rival again alleged fraud.

Zambia is one of Africa’s most stable democracies. The country will go for a second-round vote if none of the candidates get more than 50% of the votes cast in this election. – Africanews.com

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