Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Zimbabwe election: SHOCKING footage shows army officers LASHING protesters in Zimbabwe

Supporters of Zimbabwe's opposition party attend a rally in Chitungwiza outside Harare Zimbabwe Image Opposition party supporters attended a rally in Chitungwiza on Thursday
Ebony Burgess | 01 August, 2018, 21:56

She said she was confident there was no "cheating" and that the commission will respect the will of Zimbabweans: 'We will not steal their choice of leaders, we will not subvert their will'.

Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa reports from Harare.

Zimbabwe's historic elections were at risk of descending into familiar violent scenes as trucks carrying riot police and water cannon circled the streets of the capital last night.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission results showed Mr Mnangagwa's ZANU-PF cruising to a big majority after picking up 109 seats against 41 for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

The candidates' competing claims following the first elections since former president Mugabe was ousted in November raise the prospect of fraud allegations and a possible run-off vote on September 8.

The final result in the presidential poll is due by 4 August, but could be released sooner.

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

The country's commission said Thursday could be the day the results are announced and that a majority of the presidential results are at its national centre.

Harare was tense as people waited to find out the victor of the presidential election, and about 150 opposition supporters gathered outside the hotel where results are being released. Two additional parties also received one seat each and 58 of the total 210 were still to be announced.

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Rioting erupted on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time) in Zimbabwe's capital as opposition supporters clashed with police and army troops over delays in announcing results from the presidential election, the country's first since the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe. They believe the election has been stolen, and are demanding the MDC be announced as victor.

More than five million people were registered to vote - with a high turnout of 70%.

"The longer it lasts, the more the issue of lack of credibility arises", lead European Union observer Elmar Brok said.

Supporters of Nelson Chamisa in Johannesburg say they are willing to go to Zimbabwe to join protests against the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

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

Each polling station must post its results outside after vote-counting, she said.

MDC officials claimed that the results of yesterday's vote, the first even conducted in Zimbabwe without former dictator Robert Mugabe on the ballot, was being deliberately delayed by authorities.

The regional SADC bloc, in its preliminary report, said Wednesday that the campaign and election had "proceeded in a peaceful and orderly manner and were largely in line" in Zimbabwean law. One independent candidate and a member from a party linked to Mugabe also won one seat each.

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