Zambian President Says Election Was ‘Not Free and Fair’

Zambia’s incumbent President Edgar Lungu on Saturday has claimed that the general election last Thursday was not “not free and fair” after incidents of violence in three provinces.

“President Lungu says the general election in three provinces, namely, southern province, North-Western province, and Western Province, were characterized by violence, rendering the whole exercise a nullity,” said a statement from Lungu’s office.

Lungu claimed that governing Patriotic Front polling agents were brutalized and chased from polling stations in these three provinces and two members were murdered and supporters are in hiding.

Early election results showed Lungu trailing his main opponent, businessman Hakainde “HH” Hichilema.

Hichilema responded to Lungu’s accusations as the “desperate final act of an outgoing administration”.

Zambia’s electoral commission is yet to respond.

European Union election observers said in a preliminary report that the vote was “marred by unequal campaign restrictions, restrictions on freedoms of assembly and movement, and abuse of incumbency”.

Officials would release the initial results of the election on Friday.

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