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Zambia’s opposition rejects presidential election result

By on August 16, 2016

Zambia’s main opposition party has rejected the result of a presidential electionawarded to incumbent President Edgar Lungu on Monday, claiming the electoral commission colluded to rig the vote against its candidate Hakainde Hichilema.

“We have evidence to the effect that the votes for Hakainde Hichilema have been deliberately reduced in collusion with the Electoral Commission of Zambia,” the United Party for National Development’s lawyer Jack Mwiimbu told journalists.

“We have confidence that the constitutional court will rise above board and declare the results a nullity.”

Zambian police have arrested 133 people protesting against the re-election of President Edgar Lungu after his main opponent Hakainde Hichilema said the vote was rigged, a senior officer said on Tuesday.

“It is like this was well planned and they were just waiting for the winner to be declared. Calm has now returned following the arrests,” southern province police chief Godwin Phiri said.

Hichilema’s United Party for National Development (UPND) said it will appeal the result at the Constitutional Court, accusing election officials of fraud during the count which began after voting ended last Thursday.

Lungu won 50.35 percent of the vote against 47.63 for Hichilema. If any candidate had won less than 50 percent it would have led to a run-off.

The ruling party and the electoral commission have rejected the UPND’s charge.

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