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LUSAKA (Reuters) – Zambia’s main opposition party will ask a court to order a recount of a presidential election that showed its candidate, Michael Sata, trailing acting President Rupiah Banda, an opposition official said on Saturday.

“We will go to court to ask for a recount,” Willie Nsanda, chairman of the Patriotic Front’s election campaign, told Reuters after the release of preliminary results giving Banda 708,683 votes versus 682,171 for Sata.

“If they can open tomorrow we will do so because what we are seeing displayed on the boards does not tally with the ballots in the boxes,” Nsanda said. Sata has accused election officials of rigging the outcome and vowed to dispute a Banda victory.

 (Reporting by Shapi Shacinda; Writing by Paul Simao; editing by Tim Pearce)
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