ZambiaDecides Zambia's incumbent Lungu wins presidential vote as rival alleges fraud

According to the Zambia Electoral Commission (ZEC), Lungu, leader of the Patriotic Front, won 50.35% of the vote against 47.67% for Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND).

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Zambia's president  Edgar Lungu has been declared the winner in a keenly fought election against the main opposition party's  Hakainde Hichilema.

According to the Zambia Electoral Commission (ZEC), Lungu, leader of the Patriotic Front, won 50.35% of the vote against 47.67% for Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND).

As of Saturday, Hichilema was leading narrowly with 47,706 votes against President Edgar Lungu, who had gathered 41,572 votes in eighty out of the 156 Zambia's constituencies.

Hichilema, a 54-year-old economist and businessman, has rejected the final outcome of the results, saying it was 'cooked up.'

“Cooked-up results are not acceptable to anybody,” Hichilema told reporters late Sunday. “You have an electoral commission that is instigating instability in the country, conniving with the ruling party. We cannot walk back at this stage. That would be irresponsible.”

In a separate interview, the United Party for National Development  lawyer Jack Mwiimbu said the EZC colluded to rig the election against Hichilema.

"We have evidence to the effect that the votes for Hakainde Hichilema have been deliberately reduced in collusion with the Electoral Commission of Zambia," he said.

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