Zimbabwe soldiers clash with opposition supporters as ruling party wins majority
01 August, 2018, 21:57 | Author: Mable Gonzales
Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his main rival, Nelson Chamisa both say they are confident of victory after Monday's election. President Emmerson Mnangagwa on August 1 called for peace as police fired water cannon and teargas at opposition supporters in Harare over alleged fraud in Zimbabwe's elections.
Zimbabwe was once one of Africa's most promising economies but descended into corruption, mismanagement and diplomatic isolation in the latter stages of Mr Mugabe's administration.
The election commission has said there has been no cheating and it needed time to collate the votes.
Both the European Union and U.S. observer missions urged the release of the presidential results as soon as possible, with the lead observer for the United States team, former Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, warning that "the more the presidential vote is delayed, the more it calls into question the population's confidence in the election process".
The outcome will be announced once results from all provinces are received and verified, Priscilla Chigumba, the chair of the electoral commission, told reporters. "This time we will not allow it, we will fight", said one protester who wore a red MDC beret in central Harare.
If no presidential candidate wins more than 50 per cent of the vote, a runoff will be held September 8.
Mnangagwa was allegedly involved in violence and intimidation during the 2008 elections when then opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out of the run-off after attacks claimed the lives of at least 200 of his supporters.
European Union (EU) and United States election monitors have been allowed into the country for the first time in 16 years to assess whether the elections are free and fair.
A preliminary report by the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) observers said the elections were largely peaceful and conducted in accordance with the law.
Dozens of opposition supporters gathered Tuesday evening at their headquarters in the capital, Harare, celebrating in the belief that they had won the presidential election based on results they said they collected from agents in the field.
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