Zambia Elections I Lungu declares the poll ‘not free and fair’ as the opposition takes lead

Zambia Elections I Lungu declares the poll 'not free and fair' as the opposition takes lead

The ruling Patriotic Front in Zambia says it is consulting on the next course of action concerning the general elections held on Thursday, 12th August 2021. Party President Edgar Lungu says the general election in three provinces were characterized by violence, rendering the whole exercise null and void. The contested provinces include Southern Province, North Western Province, and Western Province. Lungu is contesting that Patriotic Front polling agents were brutalized and chased from polling stations. He says the situation left the ruling party’s votes unprotected in the three provinces. The President has also cited the killing of Patriotic Front North Western Province chairperson Jackson Kungo during voting and Samuel Chihili shortly before the voting as criminal acts that rendered the general election not free and fair.
To further discuss developments in Zambia, let’s now invite researcher and political analyst Ringisai Chikohomero, who is joining us from Pretoria.

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