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Zambians vote in presidential election to replace Michael Sata, who died last year

  • Zambians wait in a queue to cast their ballot on presidential election day in Lusaka, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.  Zambians are voting to  choose a new leader following the death of Michael Sata, 77, who died Oct. 2014, in a London hospital following a long illness, after serving as President of the Southern African country since 2011. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    Zambians wait in a queue to cast their ballot on presidential election day in Lusaka, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Zambians are voting to choose a new leader following the death of Michael Sata, 77, who died Oct. 2014, in a London hospital following a long illness, after serving as President of the Southern African country since 2011. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Women wait in a queue to cast their vote during presidential election day in Lusaka, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.  Zambians are voting to  choose a new leader following the death of Michael Sata, 77, who died Oct. 2014, in a London hospital following a long illness, after serving as President of the Southern African country since 2011.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    Women wait in a queue to cast their vote during presidential election day in Lusaka, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Zambians are voting to choose a new leader following the death of Michael Sata, 77, who died Oct. 2014, in a London hospital following a long illness, after serving as President of the Southern African country since 2011.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Edgar Lungu one of the Presidential candidates, talks to the press after casting his vote on  election day in Lusaka, Tuesday, Jan, 20, 2015. Zambians lined up at polling stations on Tuesday to vote for a successor to President Michael Sata, who died in October after a long illness. (AP Photo/Moses Mwape)

    Edgar Lungu one of the Presidential candidates, talks to the press after casting his vote on election day in Lusaka, Tuesday, Jan, 20, 2015. Zambians lined up at polling stations on Tuesday to vote for a successor to President Michael Sata, who died in October after a long illness. (AP Photo/Moses Mwape)  (The Associated Press)

Zambians are lining up at polling stations to vote for a successor to President Michael Sata, who died in October after a long illness.

The central business district of Lusaka, the Zambian capital, was quiet Tuesday as people cast ballots before heading to work.

The main presidential contenders are Edgar Lungu of the ruling Patriotic Front party and Hakainde Hichilema, leader of the opposition United Party for National Development.

Zambia has been led since Sata's death by acting President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent who is not a candidate.

Zambia has 5.1 million registered voters in a total population of about 15 million. The winner of the election will serve out the remainder of Sata's term until elections next year.