President Edgar Lungu is Zambia’s presidential election winner, a win he secured in a close victory over rival, Hakainde Hichilema.
As vote count of Zambia’s presidential election ended, the electoral commission announced that President Edgar Lungu who was the front-runner of the Patriotic Front party had received 1,860,877 votes, while the closest opposition, Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development received 1,760,347 votes.
The score gave Lungu a 50.35% win over his rival, Hakainde Hichilema whose score averaged 47.67%.
This makes the incumbent an undisputed winner as he only needed a 50 per cent vote to secure the election, although the opposition disagrees.
The road leading to the election was brutal. There were reports of street protests, however, the election day was relatively peaceful.
Following the D-day, the electoral commission began counting the results. The process took longer than expected, prompting the opposition to be wary of irregularities that might occur during the counting process.
Hichilema’s UPND party withdrew from the process stating that the electoral commission was working in favour of President Lungu’s party.
“We have evidence to the effect that the votes for Hakainde Hichilema have been deliberately reduced in collusion with the Electoral Commission of Zambia,” UPND lawyer Jack Mwiimbu told journalists.
“We have confidence that the constitutional court will rise above board and declare the results a nullity.”
Be that as it may, Zambia’s electoral commission denied tampering with the results to favour President Lungu. The commission stated that the reason for the delay in publishing the election result was due to other elections which took place the same day.
The election observers were quick to instill calm, suggesting that any election irregularities should be taken to court rather than protested in the streets.
“In this tense and competitive climate it is essential that the security forces respect the constitution and remain impartial and professional in the discharge of their duties,” said Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general.