Tense calm as Zimbabwe awaits results of presidential election

02 August, 2018, 21:20 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • 23% of legislative results Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF takes lead

Masocha said the MDC Alliance supporters presumed victory for their leader based on false impression that Chamisa had countrywide support, when in reality, it was confined to the capital Harare, where it swept out the ruling Zanu-PF party. Three people were killed.

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

"Zimbabwe's 2018 elections were conducted under an improved legal framework consisting of the 2013 constitution, The Electoral Act, other acts and legislation, rules and regulations promulgated by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC)", said Boshe.

The MDC, which accuses the election authorities of falsifying results, said the army had opened fire "for no apparent reason" leading to the deaths of unarmed civilians.

Races in some constituencies were so close that they could have gone to the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), had it not been split between Nelson Chinamasa's MDC Alliance and Thokozani Khupe's MDC-T.

Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu accused the opposition of using the presence of worldwide election observers to "grandstand" and cause "anarchy".

Earlier, violence erupted in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare.

"While we appreciate that the electoral environment was relatively peaceful and a huge turnout at polling stations, we reiterate that electoral processes must always reflect and uphold the true will of the citizens", the coalition said on Wednesday.

But the electoral body released the parliamentary results showing the ruling ZANU-PF has won 145 seats in the 210-seat parliament.

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"We hold the opposition MDC Alliance and its whole leadership responsible for this disturbance of national peace", he said, adding the government "went out of its way" to try to ensure the elections were peaceful.

Zimbabwe's minister of justice, Ziyambi Ziyambi, has promised to restore "peace and tranquillity" in Harare but acrimony and distrust has only increased.

State broadcaster ZBC had reported that the electoral commission would announce the presidential results at 12:30 local time (10:30 GMT), but only parliamentary results were read out.

"They are trying to protest so they can get fair results", said Elisha Pfigu, a 31-year-old street vendor who warily watched soldiers at an intersection. At one point, the relatives blocked hospital staff from wheeling the body to the mortuary and demanded a police explanation; a plainclothes officer said they could return Thursday to pick up the body after a police investigation.

The ruling party forced Mugabe to resign in November, when the military briefly seized control of the country, and replaced him with Mnangagwa, his former deputy and spy chief.

Quiet descended as people waited for election results expected later in the day.

Protests began shortly after Chamisa said he had won the popular vote.

Biti said the omission left room for the electoral commission, which ZESN and the opposition have accused of bias, to manipulate the results in favour of Mnangagwa and Zanu-PF. They also called for improvements in the counting procedure, saying the vote represented "a political watershed in Zimbabwe's history". The EU mission questioned why presidential votes were counted first but were being announced last.

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