President Edgar Lungu of Zambia has been declared winner of last Thursday’s presidential election, narrowly defeating his nearest rival, Hakainde Hichilema, the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) announced here Monday.

President Lungu, representing the Patriotic Front (PF) p[arty, obtained 1,860,877 votes, beating Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) who won 1,760,347 votes, declared ECZ Chairamn Esau Chulu, who then pronounced President Lungu as winner.

PF Secretary-General Davies Chama said the victory was demonstration of the confidence Zambians had in President Lungu and the PF. He added that the PF administration would continue on the path of economic development and empowerment of citizens.

Meanwhile, Home Affairs (Interior) Ministry Permanent Secretary Chileshe Mulenga has warned that the authorities would not allow or tolerate any breakdown in law and order following the announcement of the presidential election results.

Dr Mulenga said citizens should report any act of lawlessness to the police and that anyone intending to disrupt Zambia’s peace would face the full force of the law regardless of their status.

The Zambia police has also assured members of the public that security would be maintained with

Police Spokesman Rae Hamoonga saying the police were on high alert to quell any unruly behaviour.