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Low Voter Turnout Expected in Landmark Zambian Election

Candidates in Zambia are in a last-minute campaign push before Thursday's general elections.

With less than a day to go before voters go to the polls, presidential and parliamentary candidates are holding rallies, around the country, in a last-ditch effort to attract support.

Voter turnout is expected to be low in a landmark election that may see the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy lose its grip on power. After 10 years in office, President Frederick Chiluba is not running again. His chosen successor, Levy Mwanawasa, faces a stiff challenge from several opposition candidates, including a successful businessman and Mr. Chiluba's former vice president.

At this stage, it is impossible to predict the outcome.

But analysts are just as interested in the results of the parliament elections, where the ruling party seems sure to lose its overwhelming dominance in the legislature. Whoever wins the presidency will almost certainly have to work with opposition parties to achieve anything.