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MDC's Nelson Chamisa touts "fake results" conspiracy

02 August, 2018, 23:05 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • The Electoral Commission has not yet given any clarity on who might become the country's next president

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa says he is talking to the leader of the main opposition party, Nelson Chamisa to devise ways of diffusing tensions over this week's presidential election after violent clashes left at least three people dead on the streets of Harare.

A record 23 presidential candidates are in June cleared to stand.

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

Of 210 parliamentary seats, 207 have been counted with ZANU-PF winning 144 and the MDC Alliance just 61.

The most important thing for us now is to move beyond yesterday's tragic events, and to move forward, together. "If he had won this election the result will have been announced long back but they are trying to massage the figures to try to advance fictitious and fallacious results". The press conference has started, with the remaining parliamentary results being read out.

Zimbabwean riot police officers patrol in the Harare's streets, on August 1, 2018 after protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. "We won the popular vote & will defend it!" Otherwise, a run-off election will be held on 8 September.

Commonwealth election observers earlier criticized Zimbabwe authorities for "excessive" force.

European Union observers declared they found an "un-level playing field and lack of trust" in the election process.

"What can we do.They run this country".

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A spokesman for Mr Chamisa said he was not at liberty to confirm or deny whether such talks had taken place.

It added that it could not confirm opposition parties' complaints of vote-buying, intimidation by the state and bias by traditional leaders.

"Election...represents a political watershed in Zimbabwe's history as they may open a new chapter building towards socio-economic recovery and consolidation of democracy", the regional SADC bloc said in a statement.

According to the Electoral Act, results are supposed to be released within five days and ZEC has until Saturday to release the results.

Also speaking on VOA's Straight Talk Africa program, Den Moyo, chairman of the USA branch of the Movement for Democratic Change, said Wednesday's developments and the questionable results that sparked the clashes, have taken Zimbabwe backwards.

Human rights activists in Zimbabwe are condemning the military crackdown on opposition protesters in the capital, saying it raises questions about whether the current government is any different from that of former leader Robert Mugabe.

The MDC Alliance said the ruling Zanu-PF party was attempting to rig the vote to allow President Mnangagwa to win, and the delay in releasing official results was unacceptable.

But the MDC Alliance has pushed back, saying it has the numbers and it has the votes, and that it was Mnangagwa's government and party that erred, by deploying the army and conspiring with ZEC to steal votes. One independent candidate and a member from a party linked to Mugabe also won one seat each.

The ruling party also bagged Nkayi South, Chiredzi North, Marondera West, Mudzi North, Masvingo South, Masvingo West, Hwedza South, Chiredzi East, Musikavanhu, Chiredzi South and Chiredzi West.

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