Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Zimbabwe ruling party wins majority seats in Parliament

Zimbabwe ruling party wins majority seats in Parliament

Parliamentary results show Zanu-PF heading for a big majority.

The Zimbabwean government has blamed the opposition MDC Alliance for the deadly protests that broke out this afternoon in the capital, Harare.

The commission had said there was no rigging or cheating in the first national election since the end of Robert Mugabe's almost four decade rule.

European Union chief observer Elmar Brok said there were "efforts to undermine the free expression of the will of the electors through inducements, soft intimidation, pressure and try to ensure a vote in favour of the ruling party".

This has been seen as a pivotal election for Zimbabwe, with citizens expressing hope for change after years of economic malaise and political oppression under Mugabe.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police has engaged the military to help deal with supporters of Nelson Chamisa led MDC Alliance who are protesting in Harare's Central Business District over alleged electoral fraud.

Both the opposition and Western election observers have urged that presidential election results be released as soon as possible.

"I believe that the parliamentary results were released first as a psychological ploy to dampen opposition expectations regarding the presidential vote", Prof.

Global election observer missions have released preliminary findings revealing that the 2018 Zimbabwean elections were held under a vastly improved political and security environment conducive for free and fair democratic elections.

If no candidate wins more than half the votes in the presidential election, there will be a runoff in five weeks.

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He added: "The strategy is meant to prepare [Zimbabwe] mentally to accept fake presidential results".

The deployment of soldiers and their beating of unarmed protesters set back President Emmerson Mnangagwa's efforts to shed Zimbabwe's pariah status after decades of repression under Robert Mugabe, who was ousted in a coup in November. "We won the popular vote & will defend it", Mr. Chamisa said.

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

Commission chairwoman Priscilla Chigumba, a high court judge, has flatly denied allegations of bias and strongly disputed accusations of rigging.

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

But Chamisa, 40, a lawyer and pastor who performed strongly on the campaign trail, sought to tap into the youth and urban vote.

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, the country's largest group of non-governmental organisations, said the July 30 election "falls short of a credible process".

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.

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