The incumbent president Edgah has been declared the winner in a vote tallying process marred with delays and information blockade. Mr. Lungu of Patriotic Front (PF) party led with over 1, 860, 877 while Hakainde Hichilema of United Party for National Development (UPND) garnered 1, 760, 347.
The UPND Leader Mr. Hakainde has accused the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) of bias in favour of the Patriotic Front party.
Edgah lungu, 59 year old became President in an election called after the death of President Michael Sata. He served in President Sata’s government as minister for justice and defence. His support base is Home area of Eastern province, the capital, Lusaka, and the Copper-belt plus the Bemba-speaking regions. He is majorly known for ordering a national day of prayer last year to help combat the economic problems facing the country. Lungu is married with six children, this vote is seen as a personal referendum on him.
Hakainde Hichilema his(Lungu’s) main rival is a 54-year-old economist. He has contested nearly all elections in Zambia since 2006. He is a wealthy businessman, he has a solid track record in the private sector. His support base is his Home region of Southern Province and is popular with younger voters. Hakainde is known for being Zambia’s second largest cattle rancher. He is commonly referred to by his initials HH, he is married with three children.