Zambia ruling party candidate wins in presidential election


Mon, Jan 26, 2015 - Page 6

The candidate from the ruling Patriotic Front, Edgar Lungu, has won Zambia’s presidential election, called after former Zambian president Michael Sata died in October last year, the acting chief justice announced on Saturday.

Lungu received 48.3 percent of the vote, while Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development came second with 46.7 percent, Acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda said after votes were tallied from all 150 constituencies in the southern African nation.

Lungu, who heads Zambia’s justice and defense ministries, is to serve out the remainder of Sata’s term until elections next year. Sata died after a long illness.

Earlier on Saturday, before the results were announced, Hichilema, the opposition leader, held a briefing in which he described the election as a sham.

“The election was stolen and does not reflect the will of the people,” he said.

Zambian electoral commission chairwoman Ireen Mambilima has dismissed the allegations, saying the process was transparent.

Zambians voted on Tuesday last week, and the polls were extended by an extra day due to heavy rain in certain areas.

During the election campaign, Lungu, who belongs to the same party as the late president, said he wants to complete economic development projects initiated by Sata.