Acting President Rupiah Banda is set to become the new President of Zambia following the latest results released Saturday night by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) in which he is leading by 26,512 votes against his closest rival Michael Sata with only two constituencies remaining to be counted.
ECZ chairperson Justice Florence Mumba announced that Banda of the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) was now leading with 708,683 votes followed by Patriotic Front opposition leader Sata with 682,171 votes in the 148 out of the 150 constituencies.
The two remaining constituencies to be announced are located in the remote areas in western province.
United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema is thi rd with 346,527 votes and Heritage Party leader Godfrey Miyanda is in the last place with 13,263 votes.
Presidential elections were held on Thursday to elect a new president following the death of President Levy Mwanawasa on 19 August.