Zambia goes to the polls today

A total of 5 million Zambians are registered to vote in today’s election.

Zambia's acting president Guy Scott. Picture: Supplied

LUSAKA - African Union (AU) observer head of mission Kgalema Motlanthe has met with Zambia's acting president Guy Scott ahead of that country's by-election today.

Motlanthe is leading a team of 35 AU observers in the capital Lusaka while International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is leading the Southern African Development Community (SADC) electoral observation mission.

Some 5 million Zambians are registered to vote in today's election.

The results will name a new president for the country after president Michael Sata died in London three months ago.

Scott was appointed interim president a day after Sata died.

Zambians say even though this is a by-election, there's still a lot at stake.

"A lot of Zambians, at least registered voters in particular, are taking this election very seriously."

No political party is allowed to campaign today.

Supporters of frontrunners Edgar Lungu and Hakainde Hichilema held street campaigns till late last night.