Millions of Zambians are voting on Thursday in a presidential and parliamentary elections, held against a backdrop of deteriorating economic conditions.
Police and troops have been deployed across the country to monitor polling stations and a record number of international observers will be watching the process.
President Edgar Lungu is seeking a second term but faces a strong challenge from Hakainde Hichilema, the candidate for Zambia’s main opposition party.
This is being seen as a high-stakes election, with Zambia’s predominantly young electorate demanding improvements to the economy and better job opportunities.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia has promised a transparent and credible process.