Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Zimbabwe pastor who led protests concedes

Emmerson Mnangagwa GETTY INCUMBENT Emmerson Mnangagwa is the favourite to win the election on July 30
| 31 July, 2018, 18:43

"We will win this election to the extent it's free and fair.it's a done deal", he told the BBC.

Mnangagwa voted with his family in his hometown of Kwekwe in the Midlands province.

After the 19:00 closure of one polling station, the presiding officer asked party polling agents to inspect voting booths to ensure there were no ballot papers.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned of intimidation and threats of violence in the run-up to polling day, but said it was encouraged to see open rallies and peaceful demonstrations.

"We will sink or swim together", he added.

Brok said many voters left voting queues in frustration at long delays. I am delighted by the high turnout and citizen engagement so far. His youth may appeal to Zimbabwe's young electorate - over 43% of registered voters are under the age of 35.

More than 6,100 local and worldwide observers were accredited to scrutinize the vote.

Mr Chamisa said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) was impeding voting in urban areas where he enjoys strong support, but gave no evidence to back the claim. African Unions attended the opening of polling stations elsewhere.

She said she was confident that voting at most of the country's almost 11,000 polling stations would be completed by the closing time.

Survived several alleged assassination attempts, blamed on supporters of ex-President Mugabe. Chamisa, 40, has promised to rebuild Zimbabwe's economy but has also made extravagant pledges, such as bullet trains and a bid to host the Olympic Games.

What are foreign observers saying?

"Awaiting ZEC to perform their constitutional duty to officially announce the people's election results and we are ready to form the next government", said Chamisa, who is vying to become Zimbabwe's youngest head of state, on his official Twitter feed.


Zimbabwe's former leader, who appeared to have finally allowed his hair to go gray, spent the final question musing on his legacy, reminding people of his years in prison during the country's fight for liberation and his work raising literacy and education standards.

In another first since the turn of the Millennium, the new dispensation led by President Mnangagwa invited more than 46 countries and organisations to observe yesterday's elections.

Mnangagwa and ZANU-PF have said they will accept the result.

Mr Mugabe had a bad relationship with Western powers, accusing them of undermining Zimbabwe's sovereignty and trying to topple hm.

Piercing whistles and cheers greeted Chamisa as he voted outside Harare.

This is the first time Mr Mugabe will have voted for a presidential candidate other than himself.

Mnangagwa, a former spy-chief of Mugabe who took the presidency in 2017, is nicknamed "the crocodile" for his perceived ruthlessness.

"I can not vote for those who tormented me". "I hope the choice of voting tomorrow will throw, thrust away the military government and bring us back to constitutionality", he said, referring to the ZANU-PF government.

Mr Chamisa was spotted casting his vote this morning.

He said, "The fact that ZEC has reported a non-offence at this crucial time is meant to intimidate the president (Chamisa) and his team, is an unacceptable demonstration of partiality and will not be viewed lightly".

Mugabe, 94, who was ousted by the military in November, voted at his customary polling station in Harare alongside his wife Grace after a surprise two-hour press conference at his home on Sunday when he called for voters to reject ZANU-PF.

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