Kaunda votes in Zambia election

2011-09-20 15:20
Lusaka - Zambia's independence leader and former president Kenneth Kaunda on Tuesday called for peace as he cast his ballot in elections marred by rioting in the capital's slums.

"This is an extremely important occasion when Zambia is organising itself in a decent way. That decency must be exhibited in the way we behave," Kaunda told journalists after casting his ballot in the upmarket suburb of Woodlands.

"We must continue with the peace and democracy," the 87-year-old said.

Kaunda ruled Zambia from independence in 1964 to 1991, when he lost to the late Frederick Chiluba in the first multiparty elections.

"This is a very important exercise because it brings us back to a process where we again consolidate our democracy. We are happy that we are here because of peace. Peace is always good," he said.

As he was speaking, angry voters in the capital's slums were smashing election officials' cars, throwing stones at police and ripping down posters of President Rupiah Banda.

The unrest erupted in anger at delays in opening polling stations and allegations of ballot-stuffing. Election officials say the fraud claims result from confusion over distribution of ballots, not wrong-doing.

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