Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

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

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

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said Wednesday that of 210 parliamentary seats, 153 had been counted with ZANU-PF winning 110 and the MDC Alliance 41.

The commission said it would announce the results of Zimbabwe's presidential race, pitting President Emmerson Mnangagwa against opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, only after all the votes have come in from across the country.

The EU mission has criticised the delay in announcing the presidential results.

Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor who leads the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party, has claimed victory based on results supporters said they collected from agents in the field.

The MDC did not immediately respond to the parliamentary figures but its presidential contender Nelson Chamisa, 40, said the presidential results were being faked.

Electoral officials warned that gathering the results of Monday's poll, which President Emmerson Mnangagwa said looked "extremely positive" for him, was "nowhere near" complete and no announcement would be made until as late as Saturday.

Police also sealed off roads to the election body's offices as the protesters headed back to the Movement for Democratic Change offices.

He added: "We have seen how we have won in those areas including rural areas, we were leading, and now they want to hide on the Zanu PF usual manipulation that they control rural areas".

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

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It was reported that the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission (ZEC) said this was due to the fact that candidates had to be afforded an opportunity to verify the outcomes and follow certain processes.

There have been celebratory scenes outside the MDC Alliance headquarters in Harare. "They are stealing our election".

Zanu PF United Kingdom branch chairperson, Nick Mangwana has already congratulated his party Zanu PF for attaining majority of National Assembly seats, with 72 % of declared by the ZEC.

The rival claims pointed to a contested result, raising the prospect of competing fraud allegations and a possible run-off vote in September - required if no candidate wins at least 50 percent of ballots in the first round.

The European Union, which has been monitoring the elections for the first time since 2002, will issue its verdict later on Wednesday.

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

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is by law given up to five days to release the results.

Mr Mnangagwa faces an unemployment crisis following the collapse of agriculture, hyperinflation and an exodus of investment.

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