Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Zanu-PF wins majority in Zimbabwe parliament elections, officials say

Zanu-PF wins majority in Zimbabwe parliament elections, officials say

Zimbabwe soldiers and police were on the streets of Harare Thursday as authorities came under under increasing pressure to release results of the presidential election.

The hopes of a new chapter for Zimbabwe after years of violence and dissent are being dashed following the chaos that rocked the country on Wednesday killing at least three people.

The activists are denouncing violent protests but calling the government's reaction illegal and "grossly disproportionate to the violence that it sought to contain".

While presidential results are yet to be announced, both Mr Mnangagwa and his rival MDC's Nelson Chamisa have claimed victory.

The outcome will be announced once results from all provinces are received and verified, Priscilla Chigumba, the chairwoman of the electoral commission, told reporters.

Opposition protestors take to the streets of Harare, burning tyres and pulling down street signs.

"Why are they killing us?"

Chamisa said on Twitter he had won the "popular vote" in Monday's election, in which he challenged Mugabe's successor, Mnangagwa from the ruling ZANU-PF party.

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

"We expect that these results will become a reflection of what we are expecting in the presidential elections".

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Meanwhile, the army is reportedly ordering shops and businesses to shut down before lunch hour as the situation remains tense ahead of the announcement of the presidential results. "This is not an election it is a disgrace on our country", one young man, Colbert Mugwenhi, said.

European Union observers have listed several problems with the vote, including media bias, voter intimidation and mistrust in the electoral commission.

His Excellency Minister Augusto said that as part of its observation process, the SEOM engaged a wide range of stakeholders including state and non-state actors such as the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe; Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), Political Parties, Council of Chiefs, media, representatives of regional and global organizations, academia, faith-based organizations; and civil society as well as persons with disabilities, women and youth.

Zimbabwe's electoral commission says "sometime tomorrow (Thursday)" it will say when those will be announced.

The opposition alleged irregularities, saying results were not posted outside one-fifth of polling stations as required by law.

Races in some constituencies were so close that they could have gone to the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), had it not been split between Nelson Chinamasa's MDC Alliance and Thokozani Khupe's MDC-T.

What will happen in the presidential vote?

Many Zimbabweans looked to the vote as a launching pad for a return to the kind of global acceptance and relative prosperity that the country enjoyed in the first part of the rule of Mugabe, who took office after independence from white minority rule in 1980.

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 ruling party turned on him.

MDC Alliance supporters demonstrate outside the Zanu-PF headquarters.

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