Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Zanu-PF wins majority in Zimbabwe parliament elections, officials say

Zanu-PF wins majority in Zimbabwe parliament elections, officials say

The UN and former colonial power the United Kingdom both expressed concern about the violence, in which three people were killed after troops opened fire.

With three seats yet to be declared, Zanu-PF had 144 seats compared to 61 for the MDC, meaning the ruling party achieved a two-thirds majority which would allow it to change the Constitution at will.

Parliamentary results showed 109 seats for incumbent President Mnangagwa's Zanu-PF, and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) with just 41.

The main candidates in that race are ZANU-PF's candidate, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took over after longtime leader Robert Mugabe's resignation in November, and opposition leader Nelson Chamisa of MDC.

On Tuesday, opposition leader Nelson Chamisa said he was "winning resoundingly" but the Electoral Commission denied his victory claims.

A soldier fires shots towards demonstrators, on August 1 2018, in Harare, as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. Some journalists also were attacked.

Gunfire was heard downtown throughout the afternoon, including near the ruling party headquarters where protesters had gathered.

"We must all demonstrate patience and maturity, and act in a way that puts our people and their safety first", Mnangagwa wrote on Twitter.

Soldiers on a street in Harare Wednesday.

It is not yet clear when the electoral commission will announce the next set of results from Monday's election.

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Armored vehicles have appeared on the streets in Harare.

Biti revealed the opposition had written to the electoral body asking them to produce the V11 forms. "People were happy on Monday. We are not going to rest". "The process must be credible and transparent, then whoever wins this election, Zimbabwe can move on, and the people of Zimbabwe can be the real winners". The police can also ask the military for help in cases of public disturbances.

He said: "The force used today was clearly disproportionate and unjustifiable".

"Are we in war?"

A helicopter has been seen hovering over Harare as armed troops were deployed into Zimbabwe's capital to try to disperse hundreds of opposition protesters.

It also expressed "serious concerns" as representatives of Western and other groups gave their first assessments of whether the vote was free and fair - crucial for lifting worldwide sanctions on the once-prosperous country.

It said it had observed several problems, including media bias, voter intimidation and mistrust in the electoral commission, adding that there was an "improved political climate, but un-level playing field and lack of trust".

The opposition alleges the elections have irregularities, saying voting results were not posted outside one-fifth of polling stations as required by law.

If no presidential candidate wins at least 50 percent of the ballots cast in the first round, a run-off vote is scheduled for September 8.

Voters in Zimbabwe 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.

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