Zambia President, Edgar Lungu has won re-election; final results released by the country’s electoral the Electoral Commission of Zambia on Monday have shown.
According to the results, Lungu took 1.8 million votes, while main opposition challenger Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development took 1.7 million votes in the election held on August 11.
Zambia’s ruling party Patriotic Front (PF) hailed its victory saying it was a sign that people have confidence in the party.
“This victory is a sign that people still have confidence in us. This victory gives us a challenge to continue with the development programs we had embarked on,” Jean Kapata, chairperson in charge of elections, said after the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) declared Lungu winner.
Lungu polled 1,860,877 votes (50.35 per cent) from all the 156 constituencies.
His main challenger Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) polled 1,760,347 votes.
The ruling party has also won a significant number of parliamentary seats.
The PF came into power in 2011 after defeating the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) which had been in power for 20 years