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Millions of Zambians are voting on Thursday in a presidential and parliamentary elections, held against a backdrop of deteriorating economic conditions.

Police and troops have been deployed across the country to monitor polling stations and a record number of international observers will be watching the process.

President Edgar Lungu is seeking a second term but faces a strong challenge from Hakainde Hichilema, the candidate for Zambia’s main opposition party.

This is being seen as a high-stakes election, with Zambia’s predominantly young electorate demanding improvements to the economy and better job opportunities.

The Electoral Commission of Zambia has promised a transparent and credible process.

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