Rupiah Banda is elected President of Zambia

Rupiah Banda of the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy is elected President of Zambia after presidential election held in Zambia on 30 October 2008 following the death of the incumbent President Levy Mwanawasa on 19 August 2008.



The election had to be called within 90 days of the date of death. It was expected that there would be internal problems within the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy as Mwanawasa had not declared a successor prior to his death, but Acting President Rupiah Banda was selected as the MMD’s candidate without apparent problems.

Michael Sata stood as the candidate of the Patriotic Front (PF), while Hakainde Hichilema stood as the candidate of the United Party for National Development (UPND). Godfrey Miyanda stood as the candidate of the Heritage Party.

The election was held to determine who should serve out the remainder of Mwanawasa’s presidential term, which ends in 2011, rather than being an election for a full five-year term. The result was decided in a single round on a first-past-the-post basis.

The South African Development Community (SADC), the African Union and the European Union were invited to send election observers. The EU did not send observers due to the tight timeframe.

Final results were announced today giving Banda the victory with 40.09% of the vote against 38.13% for Sata.


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