Zimbabwe’s electoral authority is set to announce the presidential results of the elections, amid unrest amongst opposition.
There is tension in Zimbabwe as the final batch of the election results is expected on Thursday, 2 August 2018.
The country’s main electoral authority, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), revealed the results on Wednesday that ZANU-PF was leading in parliamentary seats, bagging over 140 spots while main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), obtained 61. There are 210 seats in the country’s National Assembly.
Hundreds of opposition supporters took to the streets on Wednesday, in response to the latest polls results, claiming electoral fraud at the hands of the commission and ZANU-PF. Troops opened fire on the streets of Harare after violence erupted, with protesters burning tyres. Three people have reportedly died in the unrest.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa called for calm in the wake of the violence and has extended his condolences to the families of the victims. “I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the families of the victims of yesterday’s violence. All human life is sacred, and their deaths are a tragedy, irrespective of the circumstances. I would also like to wish a speedy recovery to all those injured in yesterday’s events”, he said.
Mnangagwa added that he has been engaging his opposition, MDC leader Nelson Chamisa, for the sake of peace and to bring an end to the disruption. “We have been in communication with Nelson Chamisa to discuss how to immediately diffuse the situation, and we must maintain this dialogue in order to protect the peace we hold dear.”
Twenty-three candidates are taking part in the election; some 55 parties are also contesting 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.