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Zimbabwe Elections 2018: A defiant Nelson Chamisa stands by election victory claim

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Main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa is standing by his claim of a victory in the polls, despite the numbers showing ZANU-PF leading the votes.

Nelson Chamisa, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the official opposition, insists he won the election, despite recent poll results indicating otherwise.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) revealed on Wednesday, 1 August 2018, that the ruling Zanu-PF is in the lead with 122 seats in parliament so far and MDC Alliance with 53 seats.

The House of Assembly of Parliament has 210 seats. A presidential candidate needs more than half of the votes to claim victory.

Chamisa made it clear in the build up to the polls that he would not accept defeat and accused the ZEC of being in cahoots with ZANU-PF to have the outcome in their favour. The 40-year-old vibrant leader says they have “won the popular vote.”

“THANK YOU, ZIMBABWE …I’m humbled by the support you have given to me as a Presidential Candidate. We have won the popular vote. You voted for total Change in this past election! We have won this one together. No amount of results manipulation will alter your WILL”, he said on Twitter.

MDC members did not take the latest poll results well, as they went on a rampage outside the ZEC at the International Conference Centre in Harare, burning tyres.

Twenty-three candidates took part in the election, some 55 parties also contested the parliamentary election, the biggest number by far since the country gained independence. The historic elections were the first without former President Robert Mugabe at the helm and, less than a year after he was forced to resign in the wake of a military takeover. Mugabe had ruled the country since gaining independence from Britain in 1980.

Thabo Baloyi
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