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

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

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

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.

Mr Mnangagwa swept up votes in rural constituencies by huge margins.

The leader of the opposition, Nelson Chamisa, tweeted that he had "won". Mr Chamisa of the MDC is a 40-year-old lawyer with little experience in governance, having served only a short stint as minister some years ago. The commission, which must announce the presidential results by Saturday, has said the vote was free and fair.

The presidential results are yet to be announced.

"The strategy is meant to prepare Zim mentally to accept fake presidential results". We've more votes than ED (Emmerson Dambudzo).

A U.S. team said the election "fell short of what was needed", citing ZEC's lack of independence, the use of food, fertiliser and seed to buy votes and the ballot design which gave President Mnangagwa an inexplicably prominent position.

ZEC said it would start announcing results for the presidential race from 10.30 GMT.

Police patrol outside the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission offices as opposition supporters gather, in Harare, Zimbabwe, on August 1, 2018.

Automatic gunfire has been heard all afternoon as troops attempt to disperse protestors.

Piers Pigou, a Zimbabwe expert at the International Crisis Group think-tank agreed, saying: "Deployment of the army reveals the uncomfortable truth that, eight months after Mugabe was ousted in a coup, the army remains the pre-eminent political force".

The demonstrators, most of whom were supporters from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, unilaterally declared the victory of their own candidate, Nelson Chamisa.

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Automatic gunfire has also been heard and an army helicopter has been spotted in the skies.

Images show protesters carrying sticks and rocks and starting fires.

That omission gave room for the ZEC, which ZESN and the opposition have accused of bias, to manipulate the results in favour of Mnangagwa and the ruling ZANU-PF party, Biti said.

"We have the necessary legal power and enough personnel to deal with unruly elements in our society and if people want to test our patience‚ then they will be very disappointed; very disappointed‚" he said. "Now is the time for responsibility and above all, peace".

Shots have been fired near protests against the election results in Harare.

Chamisa's MDC won in most urban centres, where it enjoys majority support.

"The longer it lasts.the more a lack of credibility will arise in Zimbabwe", said Elmar Brok, a European Union lawmaker who heads the bloc's observer mission.

This has been seen as a pivotal election for Zimbabwe, with citizens expressing hope for change after years of economic malaise and political oppression under Mugabe. One independent candidate and a member from a party linked to Mugabe also won one seat each.

Through his official Twitter account Mnangagwa said calm should return to the streets through progressive dialogue. A foreign ministry spokesman "noted" reports of Wednesday's violence.

But the mood quickly descended into anger as MDC supporters rallied in the city, chanting against the government and burning tyres in the streets.

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