Zanu-PF wins majority in Zimbabwe parliament elections, officers say

Zanu-PF wins majority in Zimbabwe parliament elections, officers say
 Supporters of the opposition MDC in Harare on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Birthday party has risk of two-thirds majority, at the same time as presidential election result now not but recognised

Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party has won the general public of seats in parliament after sweeping rural constituencies by using large margins, reliable outcomes show.

The parliamentary final results does now not necessarily suggest electorate’ desire of president, but. The bring about the presidential vote is due by means of 4 August but expected faster.

Tensions are rising inside the former British colony as competition fears develop that the election count number is being rigged. Monitors have warned of possible violence if the consequences are contested, and authorities are braced for protests.

Tens of millions of humans voted peacefully on Monday inside the first election for the reason that navy eliminated Robert Mugabe from strength last year. Long queues shaped outdoor polling stations and turnout turned into recorded at 75%.

The modern-day results introduced through the Zimbabwe Electoral fee confirmed Zanu-PF had gained at the least 109 seats, enough for a majority in the 210-seat decrease house of parliament. With greater outcomes to be declared, the party has a risk of gaining the 2-thirds majority that could allow it to trade the constitution at will.

The opposition leader Nelson Chamisa’s motion for Democratic alternate (MDC) had won forty one seats. Analysts blamed divisions inside the opposition for the low tally.

Chamisa claimed in a tweet on Wednesday morning that the ZEC “seeks to release outcomes to buy time & opposite the humans’s presidential election victory”.

He added: “The strategy is supposed to prepare [Zimbabwe] mentally to just accept faux presidential results … We won the popular vote & will shield it!”

Early on Tuesday Chamisa stated he became “prevailing resoundingly”, a claim repeated by senior officials over the path of the day. His supporters amassed at their party’s headquarters within the capital all through the afternoon to celebrate victory notwithstanding the dearth of reputable outcomes.

If no candidate wins more than 1/2 the votes inside the presidential election, there may be a runoff in five weeks. Some other possibility is negotiations to form a coalition government.

Pre-election opinion polls gave the incumbent, Emmerson Mnangagwa, a narrow lead over Chamisa.

Help for Zanu-PF historically has been inner most in rural regions, in particular the celebration’s Mashonaland heartland, wherein extra than -thirds of Zimbabwe’s 17 million human beings stay.

Even though the marketing campaign has been free of the systematic violence that marred preceding polls, the MDC has again and again claimed it’s been hindered by using a fallacious electoral roll, ballot paper malpractice, voter intimidation and handouts to electorate from the ruling birthday party.