Zambia: Tense wait for presidential polls outcome


Zambia: Tense wait for presidenrial polls outcome



By John Eche



There is a tense wait for the outcome of  the heavily contested presidential and parliamentary polls in the Southern African nation of Zambia, The Difference reports.


This is after voting, which began Thursday morning went on all through the night and closed at 5.00am, Friday. Counting is presently ongoing and pundits tip opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema to emerge at the head of the ballots by a slim majority.


Troops are on standby to stave off threats of violence even as much criticised internet restrictions are also in place.


There would be a run off if the winner does not score 50 percent plus one of the total votes cast.


Inflation, unemployment and the nation’s humongous debt and poverty burdens are some of the critical issues at stake in the contest.



Opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema




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