Election Watch – Zimbabwe
Update: Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party has won the parliamentary election with 109 seats, gaining a clear majority, according to the Electoral Commission.
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party managed to win only 41 seats with results for 58 seats still to be announced, the election body said on Tuesday. Al Jazeera
BBC reports that Zimbabwe’s opposition says its candidate, Nelson Chamisa, has won Monday’s presidential election.
The MDC Alliance said the ruling Zanu-PF party was attempting to rig the vote to allow President Emmerson Mnangagwa to win, and the delay in releasing official results was unacceptable. The electoral commission urged patience, saying it needed time to collate the votes. The polls were the first since long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe was ousted.
The vote attracted a high turnout of 70% and was monitored by international observers.
The report provided by AP said Zimbabwe’s electoral commission has announced the first official results of Monday’s elections but says it is waiting to release any news on the presidential race until all results are collated.
Both President Emmerson Mnangagwa and main opposition challenger Nelson Chamisa have expressed optimism about the results, and Chamisa’s supporters are already claiming victory based on what they say are results collected from agents in the field nationwide.
The electoral commission says it found no “cheating” in Monday’s election, the first since longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down in November under military pressure. The peaceful election was a break from votes marred by violence.
The opposition alleges, however, that voting results forms were not posted at more than one-fifth of the country’s polling stations as the law requires.