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Zambia’s Lungu Leading as Opposition Demands Partial Recount

  • Opposition UPND accuses electoral commission of rigging vote
  • Ruling party says electoral body will work professionally
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Zambian president Edgar Lungu led his main election challenger Hakainde Hichilema as the vote count drew to a close Monday amid complaints of irregularities by the main opposition and demands for a recount in the province with the most registered voters.

Verified results from 132 of the 156 constituencies showed Lungu with 50.1 percent of the 2.9 million valid votes cast on Aug. 11 and Hichilema with 47.7 percent, the Electoral Commission of Zambia said. A candidate must win a majority to avoid a runoff. A high voter turnout and delays in transmitting results from regional centers has held up the release of tallies, commission Chairman Esau Chulu said Saturday.