Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Zimbabwe's ruling party ZANU-PF wins parliamentary election

Zimbabwe's ruling party ZANU-PF wins parliamentary election

A Zimbabwean electoral support civic organisation, Zimbabwe Electoral Support Network (ZESN), says Zanu-PF used state resources for campaign purposes in preparation for harmonised elections held yesterday.

Today, he tweeted: "Zec [Zimbabwe Electoral Commission] seeks to release results to buy time & reverse the people's presidential election victory".

The commission said two seats were won by smaller parties and 58 seats had yet to be declared. The EU EOM also said that Zec should ensure that the votes can be traced back to the polling station.

Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party has won the majority of seats in parliament after sweeping rural constituencies by huge margins, official results showed, setting the stage for President Emmerson Mnangagwa's victory.

Zanu-PF gets 110 seats, while the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) gets 41 seats.

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Another protester, Colbert Mugwenhi said: "We had no weapons".

Election officials reported a massive 75 percent turnout, as Zimbabweans welcomed the opportunity to exercise their democratic right.

The clashes followed an announcement that the ZANU PF had obtained the critical two-thirds majority in parliament.

Mr Mugabe ruled the country for 37 years, during which Zimbabwe - once one of Africa's most promising economies - fell into disrepair.

Supporters of opposition presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa are buoyant but authorities warn vote counting will likely take several more days to complete.

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Global election observers in the Zimbabwean harmonised polls are expected to release their preliminary reports on Wednesday morning. It cited concerns that the voters' roll had not been released prior to the poll, about a fifth of results from the presidential ballot were not published outside polling stations and that some voters had been "deliberately displaced".

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

It also said the election process was characterized by a peaceful atmosphere. One independent candidate and a member from a party linked to Mugabe also won one seat each.

That omission gave room for the electoral commission, which ZESN and the opposition have accused of bias, to manipulate the results in favour of Mnangagwa and the ZANU-PF party, Biti said.

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