Ignore fake news, wait for official announcement, ZEC chief urges voters

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She shares with us some insight on the historic election.

Dozens of MDC supporters have gathered outside the party headquarters in the capital Harare, dancing and celebrating in the belief that they have won.

The MDC issued its ultimatum after election authorities delayed the release of the first official figures, despite previously agreeing to bring the timings forward in an attempt to...

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is on Tuesday evening announcing more results of the first election since the end of Robert Mugabe's almost four-decade rule.

"Overall (there was) a huge amount of voting - especially young people, mostly in a very good atmosphere, generally peaceful, which is positive".


ZEC chairwoman Priscilla Chigumba told journalists today: "We will not subvert [the people's will]".

Zimbabwean civil society groups said this afternoon they were working on a court application to force the electoral commission to get all polling stations to publish results.

The election commission has denied any allegations of vote rigging and said it had five days to release the results.

As well as electing a president, Zimbabweans were voting for 210 members of parliament and more than 9,000 councillors.

July's elections mark the first time the European Union and U.S. election monitors have been allowed into the country in years.


A run-off vote is scheduled for Sep 8 if no presidential candidate wins at least 50 per cent. The peaceful election was a break from votes marred by violence.

However, it noted problems with implementation, saying the election commission at one point allotted more registration kits to rural areas and fewer to urban areas.

NewsDay on Tuesday reported ZEC provincial elections officer Maxwell Ncube stated that out of 113 784 voters who cast their ballots by 11.30am, 1 725 were turned away, as they did not appear on the voters' roll.

"It is unlawful to announce results because it is in direct contravention of section 60 (A) subsection B of the Electoral Act", she said.

"Because people are not yet settled, they're thinking of too many things", said 65-year-old Chaka Nyuka.


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