Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Zimbabwe election: ZANU-PF wins parliamentary majority, electoral body says

A voter has their finger marked ahead of casting a vote in the Zimbabwean elections on 30 July 2018 Zimbabwe opposition supporters protest election result
Glenn Montgomery | 01 August, 2018, 22:00

More than 5.5 million people were registered to vote in an election featuring a record number of more than 20 presidential candidates and almost 130 political parties vying for parliamentary seats.

Voters in Zimbabwe picked a presidential candidate based on their party affiliation and the trend in the parliamentary election was expected to continue until results for the president are announced this week.

The party, which has been in power since independence in 1980, has been accused of rigging previous elections to keep Mr Mugabe in office.

From the 152 constituencies announced by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), Zanu PF has already bagged 110 seats with MDC Alliance winning a paltry 41 and two going to National Patriotic Front and Independent candidate.

A supporter of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC) of Nelson Chamisa wears a cone as they block a street in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018.

Anti-riot police backed by water cannon trucks monitored the protesters.

A voter in Harare said Zimbabwe was eager to hear the election results as soon as possible.

Supporters of Nelson Chamisa in Johannesburg say they are willing to go to Zimbabwe to join protests against the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

The commission said it would delay releasing any results of the presidential race until all the votes are collated. We have won the popular vote.

A preliminary report by the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) observers said the elections were largely peaceful and conducted in accordance with the law.

A presidential candidate needs more than 50% of the vote to win outright.

Chamisa, 40, said. He also accused the commission of announcing the parliamentary results first to "reverse the people's presidential election victory", and "prepare Zim [Zimbabwe] mentally to accept fake presidential results".

A Zanu-PF spokesman dismissed the opposition's allegations of interference, telling the BBC he had "no clue" what Mr Biti was talking about.

The election commission has said there has been no cheating and it needed time to collate the votes.

The ZANU-PF leader tweeted: "At this crucial time, I call on everyone to desist from provocative declarations and statements".

The election stands as an important test for Zimbabwe as the country tries to rebuild its economy and worldwide standing after almost four decades of Mugabe rule.

But Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor who performed strongly on the campaign trail, sought to tap into the youth and urban vote. "They are stealing our election".

Whoever wins will face a mass unemployment crisis and an economy shattered by the Mugabe-era seizure of white-owned farms, the collapse of agriculture, hyperinflation and an exodus of investment.

Members of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party are claiming that the elections have been rigged.

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