Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Zimbabwe election: ZANU-PF wins parliamentary majority, electoral body says

Zimbabwe election results Could the opposition party win Zimbabwe election results Supporters of Zimbabwean opposition MDC Alliance party leader celebrate
Ellis Copeland | 02 August, 2018, 10:19

Violence broke out in Harare and soldiers fired on protesting opposition supporters and three people were killed.

The election was Zimbabwe's first election since President Robert Mugabe left office in 2017.

The commission said it would announce the results of Zimbabwe's presidential race, pitting President Emmerson Mnangagwa against opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, only after all the votes have come in from across the country.

"The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm the unfortunate deaths of three people during the riots and melee which occurred in Harare Central business district", police spokeswoman Charity Charamba told state television.

ZEC has denied any wrong doing, noting that it is impossible to rig elections in Zimbabwe. Officers responded with tear gas and water-cannon.

"The opposition. have perhaps interpreted our understanding to be weak, and I think they are testing our resolve and I think they are making a big mistake". "I was beaten by soldiers", said Norest Kemvo, who had gashes to his face and right hand.

"This is our Government". "The process must be credible and transparent, then whoever wins this election, Zimbabwe can move on, and the people of Zimbabwe can be the real winners".

Mangwana said: "We are very happy with the results". Why are the army here beating us? "Shooting us? This is not an election, it is a disgrace on our country".

While presidential results are yet to be announced, both Mr Mnangagwa and his rival MDC's Nelson Chamisa have claimed victory.

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The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) had promised to release the presidential results today at 12:30pm, but later postponed indefinitely citing some legalities. Agents for all 23 candidates have to verify them first, it said.

Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party has won a majority in parliament, according to partial results released Wednesday.

"We call on the political leaders and the population as a whole to exercise restraint and reject any form of violence while awaiting resolution of the disputes and announcement of the election results".

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) praised the electoral commission for using biometric kits to register voters, saying it reduced the possibility of multiple voting.

Elmar Brok, head of the European Union observer mission, said there were "many shortcomings" in the election, but it was unclear whether they influenced the results.

The EU mission criticised the delay in announcing the presidential results.

The assessments of Western and other observers, many who returned to Zimbabwe after being barred for almost two decades, are crucial in the possible lifting of worldwide sanctions on this southern African nation.

The main opposition and ZESN, the main domestic election monitor, had on Tuesday said one in five polling stations - more than 2,000 in all - had not physically posted tallies on their doors, as required by law. Mr Chamisa tweeted on Wednesday.

Tendai Biti, a candidate for opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has accused the ruling Zanu-PF regime of plotting to assassinate himself and Chamisa. By Wednesday, he was declaring victory, thanking his supporters and saying his party has won the popular vote, without offering proof.

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