Zambian Vote Extended Due to Bad Weather
Lusaka – Some voting in a Zambian presidential by-election was to carry over into Wednesday, said electoral authorities after bad weather prevented election materials from reaching all polling places.
The weather hampered voting at many stations and was blamed for generally low turnout in the election to replace Michael Sata, the president who died of an undisclosed illness on 28 October.
The vote pits the ruling leftist Patriotic Front against the pro-business opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) in the copper-rich southern African nation.
Patriotic Front candidate Edgar Lungu, 58, who is also justice and defence minister, and the UPND’s Hakainde Hichilema, 52, are the front-runners in the 11-candidate field.