Zambia polls: Opposition screams foul as President Lungu shuts down WhatsApp and Twitter
Zambia’s Opposition Leader Hakainde Hichilema and supporters are protesting the upcoming election on Thursday after the government completely shut down social media platforms such as Twitter and WhatsApp.
In the midst of tense elections, the opposition party suspects foul play.
Zambian President Edgar Lungu and Opposition Leader Hakainde Hichilema are contesting the election for the third time.
Zambian voters cast ballots in full-fledged elections following competitive electioneering campaigns marked by economic hardships and the devastating effects of the infectious Covid-19 disease.
Over 7 million citizens have registered to vote for the incumbent president, legislators, and local government representatives.
Over 7 million citizens registered to vote for the incumbent president, legislators, and local government representatives in polls that opened at 6 a.m. (04:00 GMT) on Thursday and are expected to close 12 hours later at over 12,000 polling stations across Zambia.
According to Zambia’s Supreme Laws, the winning candidate must receive more than 50% of the vote to avoid a run-off, which analysts believe is unlikely.
Meanwhile, evidence suggests that Zambian incumbent President Edgar Lungu is winning the election, despite the fact that his closest rival, Hakainde Hichilema, continues to contest the results.