Edgar Chagwa Lungu

Zambia: President Lungu declares elections not free, not fair

ZAMBIAN President Edgar Lungu said on Saturday that the country’s elections are not free and fair.

Lungu, who was trailing his main contender Hakainde Hichilema in early results from the electoral commission, said the Patriotic Front party that he leads was consulting on its next course of action.

Lungu said governing Patriotic Front polling agents were brutalised and chased from polling stations in three provinces. Lungu said two members were murdered and supporters are in hiding.

Lungu also cites the killing of Patriotic Front Northwestern Province Chairperson Jackson Kungo, during voting, and Mr. Samuel Chihili, shortly before the voting, as criminal acts that rendered the general election NOT free and fair.

Also, Lungu says right now the PF agents and supporters are in hiding because of the criminal acts.

The PF has written to the Electoral Commission of Zambia – ECZ- but they have continued announcing the results, Lungu complains.

The Head of State says polling agents having been chased and attacked from polling stations, the PF was reduced to competing in seven provinces while the opponents were contesting in 10 provinces.

This is according to a statement released to ZNBC News by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Isaac Chipampe.

The declaration comes after the African Union Election Observation Mission said that the election was conducted in a peaceful, transparent and, professional manner.

Social media access was restored as the first small set of results from a hard-fought presidential election were announced by the electoral commission on Saturday.

The outcome is set to be announced within 72 hours of the last polling station’s closing time. □

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