Zambia vote delayed in three spots after truck gets stuck

AFP , Wednesday 21 Sep 2011

The national elections in Zambia continue after a truck delivering voting materials 'got stuck' and delayed vote in three polling stations

Voters were casting their ballots Wednesday at three Zambian polling stations, a day after the rest of the country voted, after the truck delivering their election materials got stuck, officials said.

Zambians went to the polls Tuesday in presidential, parliamentary and local elections to choose their leaders for the next five years, but a truck delivering voting materials to three remote polling stations in Western Province got stuck on the road, said Electoral Commission of Zambia spokesman Chris Akufuna.

"We had to request Zambia Air Force to assist us. But the stakeholders -- these are the political parties -- objected to the use of Zambia Air Force. There had to be a round-table discussion on the way forward," Akufuna told AFP.

"So last night they sat and agreed... They found another vehicle and they were taken last night."

Akufuna said voting had begun at 6:00 am (0400 GMT) Wednesday at the three stations and would run until 6:00 pm -- the same schedule on which the rest of the country voted the day before.

Tuesday's vote was marred by rioting in the capital, Lusaka, but observers said the incidents were isolated and did not threaten the integrity of the vote.

The election pits pro-business President Rupiah Banda and the ruling Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) against fiery nationalist Michael Sata, leader of the country's largest opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF).

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