Zambia's opposition rejects presidential election result

Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:48pm GMT
 

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia's main opposition party has rejected the result of a presidential election awarded to incumbent President Edgar Lungu on Monday, claiming the electoral commission colluded to rig the vote against its candidate Hakainde 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," the United Party for National Development's lawyer Jack Mwiimbu told journalists.

"We have confidence that the constitutional court will rise above board and declare the results a nullity."

(Reporting by Stella Mapenzauswa and Chris Mfula; Writing by TJ Strydom; Editing by Joe Brock)

United Party for National Development (UPND) President candidate Hakainde Hichilema (R) and his son Habwela Hakainde cast their votes during the  presidential and parliamentary elections in the capital, Lusaka, Zambia, August 11, 2016. REUTERS/Jean Serge Mandela
 
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