Hakainde Hichilema, the 59-year old businessman contesting the presidency for the sixth time, has more than 2.3 million votes to President Edgar Lungu’s 1.4 million votes, according to results announced Sunday by the Electoral Commission of Zambia.
Results from 15 of the country's 156 constituencies gave opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema 171,604 votes versus the 110,178 garnered by President Edgar Lungu, who is running for a second five-year term.
Partial and regional tallies start to trickle in on Friday, with final consolidated results expected by Sunday, although President Edgar Lungu's party hints it is heading for victory.
In order to curb the political violence of the past two days, President Edgar Lungu said he had authorised the military, including the army and air force, to help the police.
The Zambian government says the emergency measures are necessary to curb "politically motivated" arson attacks but opposition parties see the move as an effort by President Edgar Lungu to tighten his grip on power.
President Edgar Lungu accuses the opposition of orchestrating the fire, which gutted the main market in Zambia's capital Lusaka, to make the country "ungovernable".
Zambia's opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema says that the president did not win the election legally.
Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema alleges some electoral officials are colluding in favour of the governing party.
President Edgar Lungu and main rival Hakainde Hichilema will battle it out at the election polls on Thursday as Zambia votes for their new president.
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