Zambia’s main opposition, the United Party for National Development (UPND), plans to petition the Constitutional Court on Friday regarding the outcome of the August 11 presidential poll won by incumbent President Edgar Lungu. The UPND also aims to stop the official installation of Lungu, which has been scheduled for next Tuesday. The Electoral Commission of Zambia declared Lungu the winner of the presidential election with 50.35 percent of the total votes cast, while the main opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema from the UPND, garnered 47.67 percent of the votes.
A new constitutional requirement states that the winner of the election must attain more than 50 percent of the votes. Previously, a winner could be declared with less than 50 percent.
UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma told VOA the opposition party has evidence proving the presidential election was rigged.