Lungu Shuts Down Internet as Zambians Vote

The government of Zambia has restricted the use of social media and messaging platforms.

The restriction of the use of social media platforms has been confirmed by NetBlocks.

“⚠️ Update: Real-time network data confirm that social media and messaging platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Messenger are now restricted in #Zambia on election day,” posted NetBlocks.

The President of Zambia will try to fend off a perennial opposition challenger 59 year old Hakainde Hichilema and other 14 candidates vying for the presidency.

He casted his vote earlier today.

Lungu was elected the president of Zambia in 2015 after winning a disputed snap election to finish the term of President Michael Sata who died in office.