President denies 1st April poll


President Rupiah Banda of Zambia has denied opposition rumours that the general and presidential elections will be fought on 1st April 2011.

Elections for both the President and the 159 seat National Assembly have to be held at some point in 2011 but as yet no formal date has been given.

 The election will be fought mainly between the ruling Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) who have 75 seats in Parliament and the Patriotic Front who have 43 seats.  Only 150 seats will be up for election, the remaining 9 seats include the Speaker and eight presidential appointees.

There are concerns about the registration of voters and violence and intimidation in the lead up to the campaign.

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