Zimbabwe Elections: Violence in Harare after rumours of rigging

The post election calm that reigned in the capital of Zimbabwe has given way to violent clashes of rumours of vote rigging spread.

Protestors suspected to be members of the opposition clash with police after partial results show that the ZANU-PF was leading in the legislative elections. Police and Military personnel fire teargas in a bid dissuade the crowd of protestors.

The deadline for the vote counting commission has to release the official results is Saturday, 4th August 2018, which five days after the polls closed as provided by the law.

The harmonized elections are the first in the country since Robert Mugabe handed over power.

Shortly after the polls closed international observers saluted the conduct of the polls which they described as free and fair despite some minor hitches. International observers from ARIC said in a press conference that the election respected international standards.

The population of the capital, Harare also greeted the calm atmosphere in which the election took place. Most people see in the elections, the turning of a new page and the beginning of a new era in Zimbabwe.

More than five million voters took part in the combine elections to vote a new President, 210 members of the National Assemble and the Senate.  A total of 23 candidates run for President including incumbent, Emmerson Mnangagwa of the ZANU-PF party and chief opposition leader Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic change.

Elvis Teke

Elvis Teke

Journalist, Online Reporter, News Presenter, Programme Anchor, Peace Advocate, Geo-strategist,

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