Poll: Zambian president in slim lead over main rival
Written by Morenike Adebayo on August 15, 2016
Zambian President Edgar Lungu maintained a slim lead over his main rival on Sunday with nearly half of votes counted as the opposition called for greater urgency in releasing results amid concerns about rigging. Lungu faces a stiff challenge from Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) who accuses him of failing to steer the economy out of its slump after Africa’s second-largest copper producer was hit by weak commodity prices.
Lungu led with six hundred and sixty thousand, nine hundred and sixty votes against Hichilema’s six hundred and forty-four thousand, one hundred and thirty-two after sixty-nine of the country’s one hundred and fifty-nine constituencies in Thursday’s vote had been collated. The winning presidential candidate must receive more than fifty percent of the valid votes cast or the two leading contenders will go into a second round of voting.