Friday 19 October 2018

President Mnangagwa leads Zimbabwe election returns

He has 2.1 million votes to 1.9 million for his main challenger Nelson Chamisa with officials still to announce results from the 10th province.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa leads election returns with nine of 10 provinces announced (Jerome Delay/AP)
President Emmerson Mnangagwa leads election returns with nine of 10 provinces announced (Jerome Delay/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Zimbabwe’s electoral commission says President Emmerson Mnangagwa is leading election returns with nine of 10 provinces announced, but it has requested an hour’s break before the final announcement.

Mr Mnangagwa leads with 2.1 million votes to 1.9 million for his main challenger Nelson Chamisa, whose strongholds in the cities of Harare and Bulawayo have already been counted.

Commission chair Priscilla Chigumba says officials will return to announce results from the 10th province, Mashonaland West.

The province is considered a stronghold of the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Soldiers circulated in Harare earlier in the day telling vendors and others to clear the city centre after six people were killed during a protest on Wednesday over alleged vote-rigging.

Mr Mnangagwa told the state broadcaster that international election observers met with him and expressed their concerns about the chaos in the capital when the military dispersed opposition supporters with gunfire.

They condemned the military’s “excessive” force and warned delays in announcing election results will only feed concerns about possible manipulation.

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Nelson Chamisa said police raided opposition headquarters in the capital and seized computers (Jerome Delay/AP)

Meanwhile Mr Chamisa said police raided opposition headquarters in the capital and seized computers, while officers said 18 people in the offices were arrested.

He alleged police were looking for what he called evidence of vote-rigging, but said the evidence already had been moved to a “safe house”.

Both the opposition and ruling party had earlier on Thursday claimed victory in the presidential race, the first since the fall of long-time leader Robert Mugabe.

Press Association

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