旺旺首页 > 英语 > VOA美国之音 > 标准英语 > 2008 > November > Zambia Opposition Leader Sata's Lead Narrows as Vote Count Continues
更新时间:2008/11/2
 » Download Audio

By Scott Bobb
Dakar
01 November 2008

In Zambia, opposition leader Michel Sata is maintaining a slim lead over rival, Acting President Rupiah Banda, as vote tabulation continues from Thursday's presidential election. With more than three-fourths of the vote counted, Sata has 40 percent of the vote while Mr. Banda has 38 percent. VOA's Scott Bobb reports from our bureau in Dakar.

Zambia's main opposition leader of the Patriotic Front, Michael Sata talks to the media after casting his vote in Lusaka, 30 Oct 2008
Zambia's main opposition leader of the Patriotic Front, Michael Sata talks to the media after casting his vote in Lusaka, 30 Oct 2008
Veteran opposition leader Michael Sata sprang into an early lead as the first election returns came in from his strongholds in urban areas and Zambia's mining zones.

However, acting president Rupiah Banda gradually gained ground as results began to come in from rural areas where his support is greatest.

The elections were called following the death in August of the late President Levy Mwanawasa from a stroke.

An analyst with South Africa's Institute for Security Studies, Judy Smith-Hohn, says as a result the campaign was short though heated.

"It's been a very highly contested election," she said. "They have had a very short time to actually prepare for it. So it's hard to tell what the tendencies, how it would have been if they had had a few months' chance to actually get the battle going."

Mr. Banda campaigned pledging to continue Mr. Mwanawasa's pro-business and corruption fighting policies. These are credited for taming inflation and bringing five percent annual economic growth.

Sata campaigned on the need for change saying that the economic gains had not reached the poor.

Voter turnout was low for the election. Some observers say this was because of the short time available to prepare voters. Others say it was because the winner will only serve two years, the time remaining in Mr. Mwanawasa's term.

The opposition has complained of rigging. But election officials maintain that the vote was free and fair.

In the elections two years ago, Sata complained of rigging after he was narrowly defeated by Mr. Mwanawasa. However, the results were eventually upheld.

相关主题链接:
Gates Calls for More Coherent Afghan Strategy
US Congress Hears Views on Domestic Impacts of Recession
US Forces Kill 19 Militants in Eastern Afghanistan Raids
Phillies Pound Rays to Take 3-1 World Series Lead
Cambodian, Thai Leaders Seek Peaceful Solution to Temple Dispute
Australians Eye US Election, Favor Obama Victory
Afghan, Pakistani Representatives Hold Jirga on Taliban Conflict
New Study Says Global Warming Heaping More Pressure on Fragile Coral Reefs
UN Reports Afghan Opium Crop Drops but Remaining Plants Have Higher Yield
Asian Stocks Plunge as Policymakers Seek to Shore Up Confidence
North Korea Warns South Over Leaflets From Private Groups
While European Shares Slide, British PM Pledges to Borrow Out of Crisis