Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Zimbabwe election rigged? MDC claims vote results were 'manipulated'

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A ZwNews corresponded has witnessed armed soldiers firing live ammunition, beating up people in the streets of Harare as military tanks head into the town centre from Msasa area.

The ruling Zanu PF has taken an early lead in the National Assembly seats after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announced results from 152 constituencies from the July 30 polls.

Mnangagwa also took to Twitter, calling for calm and urging patience before the results were announced.

The general election follows the ousting of long time Zimbabwean leader, Robert Mugabe in November a year ago by the military.

The EU's assessment is critical in determining whether Zimbabwe can fix its image and attract the foreign investors needed for an economic revival.

Zec has announced some of the results in the parliamentary elections but says it needs time to pull together the figures for the presidential poll from across the country.

On Wednesday afternoon, riot police were stationed outside the electoral commission in the capital, Harare, where a crowd of opposition supporters gathered to await the results.

Zimbabwe's opposition party has declared that their presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa won yesterday's election, despite no official results being released.

Voters traditionally 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.


He has repeatedly accused ZANU-PF and election authorities of trying to use a flawed electoral register and fixed ballot papers to steal the election.

MDC supporters are blaming the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for delaying the announcement of the presidential results and declaring their leader‚ Nelson Chamisa‚ as the victor.

The vote attracted a high turnout of 70% and was monitored by worldwide observers.

Election observers from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) bloc said the vote was peaceful and orderly and opened the door to strengthen the country's democracy.

"A truly level playing field was not achieved", European Union chief observer Elmar Brok said, pointing to the "misuse of state resources, instances of coercion and intimidation, partisan behaviour by traditional leaders and overt bias in state media".

Observers say it could be a tight race, but the opposition has said it will protest if their candidate is defeated.

Former Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the lead observer of a U.S. monitoring mission, said: "The more the presidential vote is delayed, the more it calls into question the population's confidence in the election process". Its population of 13 million is struggling amid shortages of foreign currency, unemployment above 80 percent and lack of foreign investment.

It followed a surprise press conference at which he stunned observers and called for voters to reject ZANU-PF, his former party.

Mnangagwa's government has accused Chamisa and his supporters of inciting violence by declaring he had won.

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