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Zambian postpones release of election results as opposition supporters spar with police

  • CORRECTS THE NAME OF THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE  Presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema, center, addresses his supporters after their demonstration  outside the presidential election results center, a day after presidential elections in Lusaka, Zambia Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Candidates vying to replace Zambia's late President Michael Sata have cast their ballots along with thousands of other voters in Tuesday's presidential election. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    CORRECTS THE NAME OF THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema, center, addresses his supporters after their demonstration outside the presidential election results center, a day after presidential elections in Lusaka, Zambia Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Candidates vying to replace Zambia's late President Michael Sata have cast their ballots along with thousands of other voters in Tuesday's presidential election. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Polling agents guard ballot boxes as counting of ballot papers continues a day after presidential elections in Lusaka, Zambia, Wednesday, Jan, 21, 2015. Candidates vying to replace Zambia's late President Michael Sata have cast their ballots along with thousands of other voters in Tuesday's presidential election. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    Polling agents guard ballot boxes as counting of ballot papers continues a day after presidential elections in Lusaka, Zambia, Wednesday, Jan, 21, 2015. Candidates vying to replace Zambia's late President Michael Sata have cast their ballots along with thousands of other voters in Tuesday's presidential election. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)  (The Associated Press)

  • CORRECTS THE NAME OF THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema  addresses his supporters after they demonstrated outside the presidential election results center, a day after elections in Lusaka, Zambia Wednesday, Jan, 21, 2015. Candidates vying to replace Zambia's late President Michael Sata have cast their ballots along with thousands of other voters in Tuesday's presidential election. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    CORRECTS THE NAME OF THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema addresses his supporters after they demonstrated outside the presidential election results center, a day after elections in Lusaka, Zambia Wednesday, Jan, 21, 2015. Candidates vying to replace Zambia's late President Michael Sata have cast their ballots along with thousands of other voters in Tuesday's presidential election. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)  (The Associated Press)

Zambia's election commission has postponed the announcement of partial results from a presidential vote after complaints from the opposition, whose supporters clashed with police outside the counting center in the capital, Lusaka.

Election commission chief Ireen Mambilima said Wednesday that officials will resume announcing results starting on Thursday morning.

Opposition leader and presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema has noted that some polling stations were staying open Wednesday, a day after the election. He says announcing results while voting is still underway would undermine the process.

Police at the counting center in Lusaka fired tear gas to disperse some activists from the opposition United Party for National Development who had camped outside the building.

The election was held to replace Michael Sata, who died in October after a long illness.