Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Zimbabwe's ruling party ZANU-PF wins majority seats in parliament

Zimbabwe's ruling party ZANU-PF wins majority seats in parliament

Speaking in Harare this evening, President Mnangagwa said the hooliganism and violence came as a surprise, adding that the opposition party leadership is to blame.

Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters started celebrating Tuesday after a senior party official said that the party was sure Chamisa had won and that if he was not declared victorious, it would "announce our own results".

Despite the opposition's allegations that the voting was flawed, the election commission has said there was no rigging or cheating in the elections that saw an average turnout of 75%.

Police patrol outside the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission offices in Harare, Zimbabwe.

"ZEC is taking its time to transmit results from polling stations to wards and to constituency centres, and this delay is totally unacceptable particularly in urban centres like Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare and Masvingo", he said.

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.

"Are we in war?"

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

The electoral commission had warned that final results of the presidential first round may not be known until Friday or even Saturday. "The strategy is meant to prepare Zim mentally to accept fake presidential results", he tweeted.

The opposition alleges the vote was rigged.

European Union observers questioned the conduct of the presidential and parliamentary poll, Zimbabwe's first since Robert Mugabe was forced to resign following a de facto coup in November after almost 40 years in power.

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Mnangagwa also took to Twitter, calling for calm and urging patience before the results were announced. We have won the popular vote. "If President Chamisa wins this election then the people of Zimbabwe will have their government", stated Nkululeko Sibanda, the MDC spokesman.

Western and other election observers were set to give their first public assessments of the election and whether it was free and fair.

A presidential candidate needs more than half of the votes to claim victory.

As results have yet to be officially announced by the ZEC sources counting the ballots have said it is "close". They believe the election has been stolen, and are demanding the MDC be announced as victor. Inside the main gate, a water cannon mounted on a police vehicle blasted protesters who hurled rocks that bounced off its armored plating.

A helicopter has been seen hovering over Harare as armed troops were deployed into Zimbabwe's capital to try to disperse hundreds of opposition protesters.

The commission had said there was no rigging or cheating in the first national election since the end of Robert Mugabe's almost four decade rule. Its population of 13 million is struggling amid shortages of foreign currency, unemployment above 80 percent and lack of foreign investment.

The party faithful had gathered at MDC headquarters in the early morning and sung, chanted and held their hands high in a collective act of protest.

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

By calculation, ZANU-PF would need to win 30 more seats to have a two-thirds majority that would allow it to change the constitution.

"Opposition parties have never enjoyed the freedom of meeting their supporters the way they have been doing‚ so they have perhaps misinterpreted our understanding to being weak‚" he said.

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