Thousands of Zambians are streaming to the polls to elect a new president. Millions of voters casting their ballots at about 6 000 polling stations around the country.
Observers from regional body, Southern African Development Community (SADC) have been watching the proceedings at a police station being used for voting in the capital, Lusaka.
South Africa’s Minister of International Relations, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, who is the head of the SADC monitoring team says:“We’re observing the good work that the Electoral Commission of Zambia has undertaken. Thousands of people are queuing at polling stations around the country and the mood amongst them is upbeat and peaceful. We don’t expect any major problems to occur,” says Nkoana-Mashabane.
Eleven candidates are standing to fill the country’s top post, after President Michael Sata died in office last year.