We’re Winning Resoundingly. And Are Waiting For ZEC To Announce, says Chamisa

Hugh Fox
July 31, 2018

"We are however seriously concerned about evidence of interference. there is a deliberate delay in announcing the results".

With 5.6 million registered voters, the results of the presidential, parliamentary and local elections are due by Aug 4.

Election officials are counting ballots and both front-runners await the results.

"The atmosphere has remained peaceful" and the commission has not received any major complaints about how the election was conducted, chief Priscilla Chigumba told reporters.

She said she was confident there was no "cheating" and that the commission will respect the will of Zimbabweans: 'We will not steal their choice of leaders, we will not subvert their will'.

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"We have won the election, we are now daring ZEC (Zimbabwe Electoral Commission) to announce the result".

Chamisa said he had his own results from most of the almost 11,000 polling stations, saying he would wait for the official tally.

The commission said it would delay releasing any results of the presidential race until all the votes are collated.

The election is Zimbabwe's first without Mugabe, who led ZANU-PF to power on independence from Britain in 1980 and clung to power for 37 years.

If no presidential candidate wins more than 50 per cent of the vote, a runoff will be held September 8.

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July's elections mark the first time the European Union and USA election monitors have been allowed into the country in years.

At one polling station in the capital Harare, officials counted large piles of ballots using gas lanterns and candles late into the night on Monday.

Meanwhile, a monitoring group, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network, issued preliminary findings on the vote, noting improvements such as a biometric registration system that reduced the chances of fraud.

Why are officials results taking so long? The election was the first since longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down in November under military pressure and former confidante Emmerson Mnangagwa took power.

"It is unlawful to announce results because it is in direct contravention of section 60 (A) subsection B of the Electoral Act", she said.

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