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Zambia set for polls on 20 January

Last minute electioneering continues in the capital, Lusaka as Zambians are counting down.

FILE: Zambia's acting President Guy Scott and his spouse Charlotte Scott. Picture: EPA.

LUSAKA, Zambia - Election officials in Zambia say all is set for the polls in a few days.

The national election comes after the death of president Michael Sata in London in October last year at the age of 77 from an undisclosed illness.

Last minute electioneering continues in the capital, Lusaka as Zambians are counting down to 20 January for the Presidential elections. It's the first on the continent for the New Year.

President Michael Sata's term would have ended in 2016, but after his death last year, Zambia's constitution dictates fresh elections be held within three months.

Guy Scott is the acting President but won't be standing as a candidate for the Patriotic Front in these elections.

So far pundits here say the ruling party's Edgar Lungu seems to have a slight advantage with popular opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema behind him after he got an unexpected boost following some infighting within the ruling party.