Ruling party Zanu-PF wins majority of parliamentary seats in Zimbabwe election

02 August, 2018, 15:34 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • MDC supporters celebrate in the street outside the MDC Headquarters

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

The demonstrators, most of whom were supporters from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, unilaterally declared the victory of their own candidate, Nelson Chamisa.

Troops have opened fire in Zimbabwe's capital Harare after opposition supporters went on the rampage.

Riot police using water cannon and tear gas arrived to a chaotic scene of burning tyres and an unrelenting crowd.

"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 exactly why we wanted change.

The assessments are critical for Zimbabwe, because foreign governments, including the USA, have made any financial aid conditional on holding democratic elections.

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The MDC Alliance's Tendai Biti's lawyer says he has noted the police's request for his client to hand himself over to them this afternoon. Why are the army here beating us? "Shooting us? This is not an election, it is a disgrace on our country".

The website of the election commission, which is expected to start announcing presidential election results on Thursday, was offline after being taken out by unidentified hackers overnight.

Agents for all 23 candidates must verify them first, it said.

The latest results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission showed Zanu-PF had won at least 109 seats, enough for a majority in the 210-seat lower house of parliament.

If no candidate wins more than half the votes in the presidential election, there will be a runoff in five weeks.

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

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They also would appeal to people to refrain from making communally inflammatory comments", an official said. Unsatisfied with the minister's response, an unrelenting opposition staged a walkout from the House.

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

Global monitors gave their first assessments of the election, saying it was conducted in a relatively free environment and was a big improvement over past votes marred by violence and irregularities, although they noted significant problems.

The observers also flagged a misuse of state resources, including food aid, instances of intimidation and bias among traditional leaders and state media, which it said were all used to sway the election in favor of the ruling party.

Chamisa's MDC won in most urban centres, where it enjoys majority support.

"We are absolutely confident there was no rigging... we at the Zimbabwean Election Commission will not steal (the people's) choice of leaders, we will not subvert their will", ZEC chair Priscilla Chiguma said a day after the vote.

As the African nation awaited results from its presidential election on Monday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa tweeted that "we have been in communication" with challenger Nelson Chamisa and that "we must maintain this dialogue in order to protect the peace we hold dear".

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