Africa

Zambians vote in tight presidential race

  • FILE - In this Sept. 2015, file photo Zambia's President Edgar Lungu speaks during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. Zambia votes in a presidential election Thursday Aug. 11, 2016, amid widespread concerns about possible political violence as President Lungu faces off against businessman contender Hakainde Hichilema.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, FILE)

    FILE - In this Sept. 2015, file photo Zambia's President Edgar Lungu speaks during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. Zambia votes in a presidential election Thursday Aug. 11, 2016, amid widespread concerns about possible political violence as President Lungu faces off against businessman contender Hakainde Hichilema. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, FILE)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this Jan. 2015 file photo Hakainde Hichilema, of the Zambia opposition United Party for National Development addresses an election rally in Lusaka, Zambia. This southern African country votes in a presidential election Thursday Aug. 11, 2016, amid widespread concerns about possible political violence as President Edgar Lungu faces off against businessman contender Hakainde Hichilema.  (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)

    FILE -- In this Jan. 2015 file photo Hakainde Hichilema, of the Zambia opposition United Party for National Development addresses an election rally in Lusaka, Zambia. This southern African country votes in a presidential election Thursday Aug. 11, 2016, amid widespread concerns about possible political violence as President Edgar Lungu faces off against businessman contender Hakainde Hichilema. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Zambians queue to cast their votes at a polling station in Lusaka, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, in a tight election race for president and parliament in the democratic nation.  The election campaign has been marred by violence between rival factions, but there are no early reports of unrest during voting. (AP Photo/Moses Mwape)

    Zambians queue to cast their votes at a polling station in Lusaka, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, in a tight election race for president and parliament in the democratic nation. The election campaign has been marred by violence between rival factions, but there are no early reports of unrest during voting. (AP Photo/Moses Mwape)  (The Associated Press)

Zambians are forming long lines at polling stations in a tight election race for president and parliament that has been marred by violence between rival factions.

There were no early reports of unrest during voting Thursday in a country whose peaceful transitions of power in the past have been held up as a democratic model in Africa. However, officials anticipate tension after the close of voting and the final announcement of results: A winner must win more than 50 percent to avoid a runoff election.

President Edgar Lungu of the ruling Patriotic Front party faces businessman Hakainde Hichilema of the opposition United Party for National Development.

Final results are expected within 48 hours after polling stations close.