No last-minute rallies as Zambia prepares to vote

Written by on August 10, 2021

With two days to go before the elections, it is business as usual in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka.

No last-minute rallies have been planned for the day.

All that is visible are political party banners on most billboards in the city centre.

The electoral commission has said all systems are in place to ensure smooth and violence-free polls despite clashes between rival political parties in the lead up to the Thursday’s vote.

This led to incumbent, President Edgar Lungu, announcing a military deployment to quell tensions

However very little evidence of this deployment is visible on the ground.

The country’s police department has released a statement saying it “stands ready to ensure that peace and order prevails before, during and after the elections”.

The election is expected to centre around the economy, with the youth vote thought to crucial in deciding the outcome.

Of the eight million registered voters, more than 50% are below the age of 35.

-BBC


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