Zambia’s Electoral Commission says all systems are in place to ensure free, transparent and fair elections on Thursday, 12th August.

This is coming following assertions by opposition parties that the commission has not followed processes to subject the voters roll to an independent audit.

The Commission’s Chairperson Patrick Nshindano explained that the electoral body would not tricks polls results and that Zambians would know who their next president would be 72 hours after the closure of polling stations.

However, worries over the fairness of the elections have been raised by observers and opposition parties who claim they have been prevented from campaigning.

It was gathered that many police officers and unarmed troops will be on the streets on Election Day to monitor voting sites.

The vote is expected to be a close contest between the incumbent President Edgar Lungu and Hakainde Hichilema from the United Party for National Development. Fourteen other candidates are also vying for the top post.