The incumbent president, Edgar Lungu was declared the winner of Zambia’s presidential election on Monday after a campaign marked by violence.
Zambians went into polls on 11 August to elect the president and parliamentarians.
The re-elected President Edgar Lungu defeated his main rival Hakainde Hichilema in a close fought presidential election, the southern African nation’s electoral commission said on Monday.
Lungu, leader of the Patriotic Front, won 50.35 percent of the vote against 47.67 percent for Hichilema of the United Party for National Development, said the electoral commission.
Edgar Lungu bagged in 1, 869, 877 votes while is closest opponent Hakainde Hichilema who bagged in 1, 760, 347 votes.
Earlier in the day, the United Party for National Development (UPND) led by Hakainde Hichilema withdrew from the ballot verification process after they accused the electoral commission of colluding with the governing Patriotic Front (PF) to rig the election results.
The party claimed that there have been alot of irregularities in the votes counting especially in Lusaka.
Election officials denied UPND rigging allegations, saying the slow publication of the results was because there were five different votes on Thursday – for president, parliament, mayors, local councillors and an amendment to the constitution on changes to the bill of rights.