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Zambia awaits election result after tense campaign

Zambian electoral officials empty ballot boxes to start the vote counting process in a polling station in Lusaka, on August 11, 2016Zambians waited Friday for presidential election results that may trigger disputes after a violence-tinged campaign by the two leading candidates in a country usually known for relative stability. Polling day on Thursday was peaceful, after weeks of clashes between rival supporters of President Edgar Lungu’s Patriotic Front (PF) and Hakainde Hichilema’s United Party for National Development (UPND). Lungu, who narrowly won office in a snap election in the southern African country last year, faced another strong challenge from wealthy businessman Hichilema in a field of nine candidates.

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