Monday, 27 January, 2020


Zimbabwe's Ruling Party Wins Majority in Parliament

Zimbabwean anti-riot police officers close the gate of the Rainbow Towers where the election's results were announced Zimbabwean anti-riot police officers close the gate of the Rainbow Towers where the election's results were announced
Bennie Garza | 01 August, 2018, 21:00

His supporters gathered at their party's headquarters in the capital during the afternoon to celebrate victory despite the lack of official results.

The 94-year-old former leader had been in power since independence from white minority rule in 1980 until he was forced to resign in November after the military and Zanu PF turned on him.

"They are busy rigging the results".

"We have noted with concern the actions and conduct of some political party leaders. who are openly declaring that they will announce results irrespective of provisions of the law", Mpofu said at a media briefing in the capital Harare. They believe the election has been stolen, and are demanding the MDC be announced as victor.

Anti-riot police backed by water cannon trucks monitored the protesters. Hundreds jeered and pelted the police vans with stones.

Mnangagwa, Mugabe's former right-hand man, was the clear election front-runner, benefitting from tacit military support and control of state resources.

What results have been declared?

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said its data showed that an average 75 percent of registered voters participated in the election.

There are 210 seats in the national assembly lower house.

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

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

What are foreign observers saying?

Biti's statement came as Zec chairperson Priscilla Chigumba delayed the initial announcement of the incoming results by almost two hours, and later announced results from seven House of Assembly constituencies. Zec has until Saturday to do so. And authorities welcomed it as such, as well, inviting worldwide election monitors to observe the elections for the first time in about 16 years.

"The electoral commission failed to meet the mark in a number of ways and the election failed to meet the mark in a number of ways", said Johnnie Carson, a former US assistant Secretary of State for Africa, who is part of an observer mission from the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute. "We will not accept any result that shows nothing other than a people's victory", Tendai Biti, a senior MDC official, said.

European Union observers on Wednesday listed several problems in Zimbabwe's presidential and parliamentary election, including voter intimidation and mistrust in the electoral commission, as the main opposition leader accused the ruling party of trying to rig the result. He also alleged that the ruling party had bribed voters in rural areas.

A Zanu-PF spokesman told the BBC he had "no clue" what Mr Biti was talking about.

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