Voting Begins in Zambia’s Presidential and Parliamentary Elections

Lusaka, – Voting has begun in Zambia’s presidential and parliamentary elections following campaigning marred by clashes between rival supporters.

It is expected to be a tight race between President Edgar Lungu’s governing PF party and the opposition UPND led by Hakainde Hichilema, according to the (BBC).

For the first time, a presidential candidate must win more than 50% of the vote to avoid a run-off, the BBC reported.

Lungu narrowly won the last election with 48% of votes.

Observers say Zambia’s struggling economy will be a key issue.

A watchdog warned on Wednesday that clashes between rival political groups over recent weeks could keep some voters away.

Poll will close at 18:00 local time (16:00 GMT) and results are expected late on Friday and on Saturday.

Source: Qatar News Agency