Zimbabwe Election: Ruling ZANU-PF Leading with Majority Parliamentary Seats

Hugh Fox
August 2, 2018

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change has told reporters that Chamisa is "shocked" by the events in Harare.

Another protester, Colbert Mugwenhi, said: "We had no weapons".

"Are we in war?"

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

"The longer it (the delay in announcing the results of the presidential race), the more the issue of lack of credibility arises", European Union observer Elmar Brok said.

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. Police padlocked the main gate.

The general election follows the ousting of long time Zimbabwean leader, Robert Mugabe in November previous year by the military.

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Global observer missions from around the world released preliminary statements on Wednesday that largely withheld judgment on the allegations of rigging and other irregularities, though most at least noted that the media had been polarized and biased in the lead-up to the election. "No amount of results manipulation will alter your WILL". The EU mission questioned why presidential votes were counted first but were being announced last.

A USA team said the election "fell short of what was needed", citing ZEC's lack of independence, the use of food, fertiliser and seed to buy votes and the ballot design which gave President Mnangagwa an inexplicably prominent position.

It also expressed "serious concerns" as representatives of Western and other groups gave their first assessments of whether the vote was free and fair - crucial for lifting global sanctions on the once-prosperous country.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe delivers a speech during a live broadcast at State House in Harare, November 19, 2017.

"What you see here is real support - not people being brought on buses like ZANU-PF does", he said.

Pfigu said he was optimistic on election day for the country's first vote without Mugabe, who ruled for almost four decades, on the ballot.

As results have yet to be officially announced by the ZEC sources counting the ballots have said it is "close".

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An opposition supporter hold his hands up after being sprayed with a water canon and in clouds of teargas on a street in Harare.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged Zimbabwe's politicians to exercise restraint, while United Kingdom foreign office minister Harriett Baldwin said she was "deeply concerned" by the violence.

MDC Alliance supporters demonstrate outside the Zanu-PF headquarters.

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

They were disputing the results of the National Assembly where ZANU-PF maintained a two thirds majority.

Tension is rife in Zimbabwe after violence broke out on Wednesday, August 1, following claims by Opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa that the Monday, July 20, election was rigged in favour of President Emmerson Mnangagwa. "We had to consult among ourselves whether it would be safe", said one worker who declined to give his name.

The opposition has alleged irregularities, saying voting results were not posted outside one-fifth of polling stations as required by law.

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Mnangagwa has called on Zimbabweans to "desist provocative declarations and statements".

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