The Commonwealth Secretariat says Zambia’s August 11, 2016 general elections were held in a credible manner.
In a letter addressed to President Edgar Lungu, dated March 16, 2017 by the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland also praises opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema for having followed the right channel to challenge the outcome of the elections by going to court.
Ms Scotland says the elections were conducted in a credible, inclusive and orderly manner.
Ms. Scotland has since assured President Lungu of her organization’s continued support to the country.
The Commonwealth team were recently in Zambia where they met Hichilema and Vice president Inonge Wina. And during the meeting, Hichilema urged the Commonwealth to be proactive.
He told the delegation that his supporters were prepared to use any means including going to the streets if he did not stop them to reclaim what he called as stolen victory by Edgar Lungu and PF.
Hichilema also said the August 2016 had left the country divided and that the tension in the country was high.
But State House in response urged Hichilema not to mislead the world saying he lost the elections fairly. Presidential Press Aide Amos Chanda said President Lungu had won in six out of 10 provinces adding that his election had been endorsed by election observers.