Rain, low turn-out hit Zambian run-off election

REPORT from Lusaka says rain has hampered voting at many polling stations, and voter turn-out appeared low as Zambians voted on Tuesday in a presidential by-election.
The report said the voting pits the ruling leftist Patriotic Front against the pro-business opposition United Party for National Development (UPND).
It said Patriotic Front candidate Edgar Lungu, 58, who is also justice and defence minister, and the UPND’s Hakainde Hichilema, 52, are the front runners in the 11-candidate field.
It said more than five million people are eligible to vote in the by-election, which was called in the copper-rich Southern African country after President Michael Sata died of an undisclosed illness on October 28, 2014.
Lungu said after casting his vote that he pledged to pursue the policies of Sata, who won widespread popularity by promising to redistribute wealth to the poor.
“I will carry on from where the president left,” he said.
The election results are not expected until Wednesday at the earliest. (dpa/NAN)

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