The European Union has congratulated President-elect Edgar Lungu and says it looks forward to deepening its partnership with the Republic of Zambia.
The EU Election Observation Mission has noted that Zambians turned out in large numbers to vote in the August 11 general elections and says its preliminary assessment found that voting was peaceful and generally well administered.
However, the EU Election Observation Mission says it found the elections marred by systematic bias in the state media and restrictions on the campaign.
In a statement issued by its spokesperson, the EU says it expects all the political parties and electoral stakeholders to act in order to preserve peace, stability and tolerance in the country. Existing legal channels should be used to address possible complaints.
The EU Election Observation Mission will remain in the country until completion of the electoral process and will issue a final report with recommendations within two months.