ZWnews, an independent website, says the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has announced it is not yet sure when they will release results of the presidential election.
Zanu-PF, a party which has clung on to power for nearly 40 years, has an overall majority in the parliament in official results. The MDC Alliance is the official opposition having increased its parliamentary representation by 12 seats – to 61 out of 210 directly elected seats – since the last national election in 2013. The MDC is disputing the veracity of the results in rural areas, where Zanu-PF predominated.
Zanu-PF won 144 – down from 159 in the 2013 election – of the directly elected seats. Some 60 seats for women have still to be proportionally distributed, which will push up both the MDC and Zanu-PF representation.
The news website said it had been revealed that presidential votes were counted and submitted to the commission two days ago but commissioners were struggling to tally and reconcile figures on V11 forms with the actual numbers on voters’ rolls.
The incumbent dictator, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was brought to power last November by the military in a coup against Robert Mugabe, faces a challenge from MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa.
A commission officer refused to comment on the possibility of electoral irregularities.
Qhubani Moyo, the commission officer, said that there should be some knowledge of when the results could be released later today. “By 4pm we will have a definite time … when we can announce the results of elections.”
The commission is apparently facing pressure from Western election observers who had warned that if the results weren’t released, tensions in the country would rise.
Harare has been the scene of battles between the army, police and civilians. At least three people have died, it has been reported.
The parliamentary election result – now much disputed – is as follows:
House of Assembly
The 2013 election parliamentary result was as follows:
House of Assembly
|United Movement for Democracy||1,445||0.04||0||0||0|
|Alliance Khumbula Ekhaya||380||0.01||0||0||0|
|Progressive and Innovative Movement of Zimbabwe||351||0.01||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|
|Source: Adam Carr, Election Passport|