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Zambia by-elections see lowest voter turnout ever

Zambia voted for its sixth president this week, to find a successor for late President Michael Sata.

Zambian voters walk under heavy rain to join the queues at a Polling station in Lusaka, Zambia on 20 January, 2015. Picture: AFP.

LUSAKA - The Electoral Commission of Zambia says it has seen the lowest voter turnout in the country ever following the national by-election.

The copper rich country voted on 20 January for its sixth president, to find a successor for late President Michael Sata.

But weather problems, an extra Election Day and delayed results have plagued the by-election as the country waits to hear who will lead them.

Eleven hopefuls were looking for votes for these presidential elections but nothing seems to have gone Zambia's way with rainy weather and a low turnout, with some places sitting at only 20 percent of registered voters.

There's anxiety but also hope amongst Zambians.

The race has been tight between favourites Edgar Lungu and Hakainde Hichilema.

And while VIPs are making their way to the country for the inauguration, late last night a winner still hadn't been announced.

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