Statement of United States Ambassador Eric Schultz on Zambia’s January 20 Presidential Election

Lusaka.  January 21, 2015.

LUSAKA — We strongly commend the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for running a professional, well-organized election free of political violence and with minimal electoral irregularities.

We encourage patience until all the votes are counted and the ECZ can announce the results. Once the electoral process is complete, we hope all candidates respect the final result.

Zambia’s reputation as a strong democracy depends on support for the decision of Zambia’s voters. The candidates need to advise their supporters to remain calm and to honor the ECZ’s announcement of the results.