PF wins most seats in Zimbabwe parliament: poll body

Lester Mason
August 1, 2018

Priscilla Chigumba, a judge who heads the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, said she was confident there had been no "cheating" in the first election without Mugabe on the ballot.

A voter in Harare said Zimbabwe was eager to hear the election results as soon as possible.

The commission said two seats were won by smaller parties and 58 seats had yet to be declared.

Zimbabweans desperately hope the peaceful vote, which took place Monday, will lift them out of economic and political stagnation after decades of Mugabe's rule, but the country is haunted by a history of electoral violence and manipulation that means trust is scarce.

Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party won the most seats in parliament, official results showed Wednesday, as the count continued in the presidential race and the opposition MDC cried foul, alleging widespread fraud. "We know that people will be beaten - especially in rural areas, like what they were doing before", said Harare shop worker Tracy Kubara, 26.

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, the country's largest group of nongovernmental organisations, said the July 30 election "falls short of a credible process".

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

The longer it takes for Presidential results to be released, the more there would be questions about credibility.

Voters in Zimbabwe pick a presidential candidate based on their party affiliation and the trend in the parliamentary election was expected to continue when results for the president are announced this week.

Opposition supporters burnt tyres in the centre of the capital Harare, blocking some streets and engaging in running battles with police who fired water cannon to disperse the protesters.

"Let me also warn such individuals and groups that no one is above the law", Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu said.

The European Union observer mission said "a truly level playing field was not achieved" in Zimbabwe's election. One independent candidate and a member from a party linked to Mugabe also won one seat each.

But the day before, the MDC had claimed victory in Monday's general election. Never mind the fact that constitutionally it is the mandate of the Zimbabwe's Electoral Commission (Zec) to announce the winning candidate.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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