Zambia’s main opposition presidential candidate has called for the internet to be restored after it was cut during Thursday’s tightly contested elections.
According to reports, social media platforms such as Whatsapp, facebook and micro blogging site, Twitter have been down intermittently.
“We call on Zicta [the communications authority] to immediately unblock the internet so citizens can follow the electoral process and continue with their lives unhindered,” Hakainde Hichilema said in a tweet.
“I’m also appalled by the amount of mayhem witnessed in North-Western, some parts of Western, and Southern provinces. Clearly, the elections in these places have not been free and fair,” he tweeted.
People are said to have been using virtual private networks (VPNs), which allow users to circumvent local restrictions.
Meanwhile, the announcement of the results at Zambia’s electoral commission has been temporarily halted.
Some party agents criticised the commission for attempting to announce some results which had not been verified.