At stake in this election:
- 150 seats in the National Assembly
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: President Rupiah BANDA *
- Head of Government: President Rupiah BANDA
- Assembly: Zambia has a unicameral National Assembly with 150 seats.
* The president is both the chief of state and head of government.
Description of electoral system:
- The President is elected by plurality vote to serve a 5-year term.
- In the National Assembly, 150 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms and 8 members are appointed by the President to serve 5-year terms.
Main parties in the electoral race:
- Party: Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD)
Leader: Rupiah Bwezani BANDA
- Party: Patriotic Front (PF)
Leader: Michael Chilufya SATA
- Party: United Party for National Development
Leader: Hakainde HICHILEMA
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 13,460,305 (July 2010 est.)
- Registered Voters: 5,167,154 (September 2011 )