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It seems clear now that Zanu-PF, which has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980, has stolen the latest national election. Protests have broken out in Harare – and they have been violent.

ZWNews reported that a grandmother died after being shot in the back by Zimbabwe soldiers.

The opposition-supporting news organisation said the woman had been identified as Sylvia Matambo, who worked for the Zimbabwe National Water Authority and lived in the Waterfalls suburb of Zimbabwe.

Matambo had two sons, a daughter and a grandchild. The news site said she was on her way and got caught in the crossfire after soldiers were mobilised to crash protests by MDC Alliance supporters, unhappy about the delay in giving presidential elections results.

The ruling Zanu-PF will command an overall majority in the Zimbabwean 210-seat parliament, but indications are that the MDC's Nelson Chamisa may still have a chance of being elected president.

Zanu-PF, which has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980, has notched up 144 seats, with just 61 to the Movement for Democratic Change. Two seats have gone to other parties.

The MDC – some of whose members stoned the Zanu-PF headquarters in Harare yesterday – has questioned the results in rural areas. It is clear that there is a pattern of suspiciously high numbers of votes for the Zanu-PF in rural seats.

Stories abound on news media that the voting results were not posted on polling stations after the counts in countless constituencies – a key requirement of the election rules. There are untested allegations that ballots were bussed in – and completed beforehand.

The following list of results is posted on Wikipedia:

House of Assembly

Party

Votes

%

Seats

Common

Women

Total

+/–

 

ZANU-PF

   

144

     
 

MDC Alliance

   

61

     
 

NPF

   

1

     
 

Independent

   

1

     

Invalid/blank votes

 

Total

   

210

60

270

0

Registered voters/turnout

   

Source: ZBC

This result above does not include the 60 seats for women, but the MDC has in fact gained some ground – 12 more directly elected seats –  since the 2013 elections.

House of Assembly 2013

Party Votes % Seats
Elected Women Total
ZANU–PF 2,116,116 62.39 159 37 196
MDC-T 1,027,412 30.29 49 21 70
MDC-N 159,274 4.70 0 2 2
ZAPU 14,312 0.42 0 0 0
Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn 6,713 0.20 0 0 0
United Movement for Democracy 1,445 0.04 0 0 0
ZANU-Ndonga 1,152 0.03 0 0 0
FreeZim Congress 739 0.02 0 0 0
Alliance Khumbula Ekhaya 380 0.01 0 0 0
Progressive and Innovative Movement of Zimbabwe 351 0.01 0 0 0
Freedom Front 200 0.01 0 0 0
CTD 147 0.00 0 0 0
Zimbabwe Development Party 145 0.00 0 0 0
People's Democratic Union 76 0.00 0 0 0
Zimbabwe People's Movement 70 0.00 0 0 0
Voice of the People 38 0.00 0 0 0
Independents[a] 63,011 1.86 2 0 2
Invalid/blank votes  
Total 3,391,581 100 210 60 270
Registered voters/turnout    
Source: Adam CarrElection Passport



Peter Joffe 8/6/2018 9:09:08 AM
When all the evidence is gathered and all the options considered then the obvious must be true! We have a history of Zimbabwe going from a bread basket to a basket case. We have 3.5 million people who have left the country. 90% unemployment. No money to pay doctors and state officials. ZANU-PF has destroyed all that was once good and now we are expected to believe that they have secured a huge majority at the polls to continue with their madness! There are two conclusions to chose from now and they are 1) Zimbabweans are stupid or 2) The election was rigged again. I suggest that option 2 is the only one that fits the facts.
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