Ruling party member killed, internet restricted as Zambia election begins counting

Zambian forces patrol downtown Lusaka.

Zambian forces patrol downtown Lusaka.

Zambians continued to vote into the wee hours of Friday morning, after long delays and winding lines at some polling stations across the country.

The last polling station closed at 5 a.m. and the vote counting had already begun, Chief Electoral Officer of Zambia’s Electoral Commission Kryticous Shindano said in a news conference. The results are expected to be released 72 hours after the polls close.

Officials called for calm after reports that a member of the ruling Patriotic Front had been killed in violence in the country’s northwestern province.

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