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Vol 49 No 21

Published 17th October 2008


Pre-presidential discord

Claims of vote-rigging sour the atmosphere for the poll that acting President Rupiah Banda looks likely to win

Zambia, like Kenya andZimbabwe faces the risk of a disputed presidential election. The vote to replace the late Levy Patrick Mwanawasa is set for 30 October and the top contenders seem to be running neck-and-neck. But the opposition says it has discovered a government plot to rig the poll and the leading opposition candidate, Michael Chilufya Sata of the Patriotic Front, says he will not accept the results. Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND), widely seen as a dark horse, warns of stern action should the governing Movement for Multiparty Democracy tamper with the ballot.

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