Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Zimbabwe's Ruling Party Wins Majority in Parliament

MDC supporters celebrate in the street outside the MDC Headquarters Getty Images
Charlie Simmons | 02 August, 2018, 15:32

Despite the opposition's allegations that the voting was flawed, the election commission has said there was no rigging or cheating in the elections that saw an average turnout of 75%.

Police patrol outside the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission offices in Harare, Zimbabwe. "A lot of the protesters I've spoken to say, 'We don't need to see any more".

"Are we in war?"

It called for any aggrieved candidates to "refrain from any form of violence".

Soldiers on a street in Harare Wednesday.

While the electoral commission legally has five days from the end of the election to announce results, Western observer groups urged the release of the presidential results as soon as possible. "The strategy is meant to prepare Zim mentally to accept fake presidential results", he tweeted. Police padlocked the main gate.

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.

European Union observers are due to give their preliminary report on Zimbabwe's election later Wednesday, two days after the vote - the first ballot since Robert Mugabe was ousted after 37 years in power.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) revealed on Wednesday, 1 August 2018, that the ruling Zanu-PF is in the lead with 122 seats in parliament so far and MDC Alliance with 53 seats.

If ZANU-PF wins at least 30 of the outstanding seats it would have a two-thirds majority that would allow it to make constitutional changes without the votes of other members of parliament. Results of the presidential poll are expected by Saturday.

"We are exhausted of them stealing our votes".

"There is a deliberate delay in formally announcing results", he told a news conference, characterising it as "interference with the people's will".

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"The more the presidential vote is delayed, the more it calls into question the population's confidence in the election process", said former Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the lead observer of a United States monitoring mission.

"The longer it lasts that the results of the presidential election is not known, the more lack of credibility it provides", he said.

The assessments are critical for Zimbabwe, because foreign governments, including the USA, have made any financial aid conditional on holding democratic elections. Amid the clamor of celebration and anger - and in some cases, the fires they started - security forces confronted them armed with live ammunition, armed vehicles and water cannons.

However, the opposition alliance has alleged that election was rigged in favour of the party that has been in power since the southern African nation gained independence in 1980.

Mr Mnangagwa took over the ZANU-PF party after ousting Robert Mugabe in a bloodless coup in November.

In the capital Harare many people went about their usual daily grind, including queuing up for scarce cash outside banks.

Parliamentary poll results indicate a majority win for Zanu PF.

"Opposition parties have never enjoyed the freedom of meeting their supporters the way they have been doing‚ so they have perhaps misinterpreted our understanding to being weak‚" he said.

"The results are biased, trying to give the impression that ZANU has won", said Lawrence Maguranyi, 21, an MDC supporter and university student protesting at the party headquarters.

Mr. Brok said that ballots for the presidential vote were counted first in polling stations.

"At this crucial time, I call on everyone to desist from provocative declarations and statements", he said on Twitter.

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