Hackers hit Zambia poll website

2011-09-22 11:18

Lusaka - Hackers attacked the website of Zambia's election commission on Thursday, posting a string of false results showing opposition leader Michael Sata in the lead and causing delays to the release of the official tally.

"The process appears to be slow because the results need to be verified before release," Commission spokesperson Cris Akufuna said. Election officials are running double and triple checks with regional counting centres.

According to the latest confirmed tally from 33 of 150 constituencies in Africa's biggest copper producer, Sata had 265 843 votes against 192 936 for incumbent President Rupiah Banda of the Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD).

Banda is expected to perform the stronger in the countryside, which is likely to report votes more slowly than Sata's strongholds in the capital, Lusaka, and the Copper Belt, the country's economic heartland.

It is, therefore, too early to say whether Sata is on the verge of an historic transfer of power in the former British colony, removing the MMD from the presidency for the first time since the end of one-party rule in 1991.

"Results are still being tallied in some constituency centres, and we expect to make significant progress by the end of the day," Akufuna said.

The election was held on Tuesday and it may now take until the weekend for a complete result to be known.

Sata, known as "King Cobra" for his vicious tongue, has toned down his rhetoric against foreign mining firms, most notably those from China. But a victory for the 74-year-old would still cloud the investment outlook for what has been one of frontier Africa's most attractive prospects.

He lost to Banda, also 74, by just 35 000 votes, or 2% of the electorate, in a 2008 presidential run-off triggered by the death in office of Levy Mwanawasa.

  • tshwanecc - 2011-09-22 11:54

    This is outer nonsense . There is no hacking. It is the selfish African leaders not wanting to leave power. SADC the people of Zambia have so peaceful but do not be surprised this time around,

      sennpatrick - 2011-09-22 12:26

      i toally agree with tshwanecc theres no hacking. it seems in africa a fair election is not possible. acually it doesnt matter who is president as long the strongest force in country are the people. so what are you doing for zambia? organise yourself. create a small business, create jobs, you your family and the country has to rise and develop. we need strong an powerful associations which tells the goverment what to do. We need leaders who want to help the country and not themself (and their wallet). Be a proud zambian and dont let yourself corrupt!

      thomas.mazibisa - 2011-09-22 14:35

      true once they start delaying someone who thought he will rule forever has been beaten so they are trying to rig and even say they have had a draw

  • thomas.mazibisa - 2011-09-22 14:34

    old men with old mentality at 74?

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