Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Looming Presidential Results Draw International Spotlight to Zimbabwe

Looming Presidential Results Draw International Spotlight to Zimbabwe

The ruling ZANU-PF party won a majority of seats in Parliament, the Election Commission said.

This morning The Citizen reported that Biti had agreed to hand himself over to the Zimbabwean police amid claims that he had incited violence and hatred during protests in Harare on Wednesday, which culminated in the army opening fire and killing three people.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is yet to make a statement but the president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in a series of tweets, said he is talking to the opposition and has called for an independent investigation.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has announced 110 seats for Zanu-PF so far, and 41 for MDC Alliance, ZBC state media reported.

Regional observer missions have endorsed Zimbabwe's landmark elections saying they were orderly and within the law.

Both sides fielded candidates in the polls and lost Bulawayo South and Nkayi South constituencies to Zanu PF's Raj Mod and Stars Mathe, respectively.

Human rights activists in Zimbabwe are condemning the military crackdown on opposition protesters in the capital, saying it raises questions about whether the current government is any different from that of former leader Robert Mugabe.

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

Supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC) of Nelson Chamisa carry stones as they block the streets of Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018.

Protester, Colbert Mugwenhi said: "Why are the army here beating us?"

Basically Zanu PF has won the two-thirds majority and thus has the power to change the constitution if need arises.

Chamisa's spokesman, Nkululeko Sibanda, said the army's reaction was unjustified.

Zimbabwe's minister of justice, Ziyambi Ziyambi, has promised to restore "peace and tranquillity" in Harare but acrimony and distrust has only increased.

We can expect the ZEC to announce the results by Friday or Saturday at the latest, but their website has been down since the upheaval yesterday.

Before the police stormed the MDC headquarters, Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora said 27 party workers carrying out voter tabulation were locked inside its offices as police sealed them off on Thursday.

Mnangagwa, a former deputy president who fell out with Mugabe and then took over from him, has said his showing in the election was "extremely positive" while urging people to wait for official results.

Incumbent leader Mr Mnangagwa, 75, had promised a free and fair vote after a military coup overthrew his former boss, Mr Mugabe, ushering him into power past year. "We won the popular vote and will defend it!"

"I will stay here until Chamisa is president", said Amandishe Muzhinji, who traveled back from Swaziland where he works as a migrant laborer to vote in Monday's election.

The United States and European Union have been clear that a credible election is their foremost condition for the lifting of sanctions on various Mugabe-era officials and their family members, as well as for backing a bailout for Zimbabwe from the International Monetary Fund.

A run-off vote is scheduled for September 8 if no presidential candidate wins by at least 50 per cent.

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