Zambia: Voting for Unity

Four years and two months from the day it finally won kwacha — freedom — Zambia last week held its first parliamentary election as a sovereign state.

To allow their people to vote, employers in urban centers — from store owners to white housewives — staggered working hours. Queues formed outside polling stations in the capital of Lusaka at daylight as people hurried to town. In rural areas, men and women went to the polling stations — in some in stances only coarse hemp wrapped around a square of gumpoles — through the...

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