Zimbabwe votes in first post Mugabe election

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Can't seem to find anything in media about it. I reckon twitter hysteria counted for nothing as rural area seems dominated by Zanu-PF. Someone said somewhere that "Harare and twitter is not Zimbabwe" and it makes sense. I now doubt if even the presidential vote will go to Chamisa.
In Zimbabwe, the Party / President iirc needs a 51% majority. If not there is a run off election. So even winning, doesn't mean winning if that makes sense.
 

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Making sure the ballots add up to a Zanu win? Its a farce.
Well, some international observers seem convinced although "free and fair" term is not mentioned yet.
https://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/live-zimbabwe-election-zanu-pf-wins-majority-seats-in-parliament-20180801

"The Association for Free Research and international Cooperation (AFRIC), which is among international organisations observing this year’s harmonised elections, has given the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) the thumbs up for conducting a successful plebiscite."
 

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Well, some international observers seem convinced although "free and fair" term is not mentioned yet.
https://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/live-zimbabwe-election-zanu-pf-wins-majority-seats-in-parliament-20180801

"The Association for Free Research and international Cooperation (AFRIC), which is among international organisations observing this year’s harmonised elections, has given the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) the thumbs up for conducting a successful plebiscite."
I don't think that matters, to some people and free and a fair elections is the one where MDC wins.
 
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MDC was never going to win, there is no cohesive opposition since Tsvangirai died unfortunately. Chamisa is a tool.

All info I am getting is that this is unlike any election in ages, has truly been peaceful and I think even international observers may declare it free. Undoubtedly there will be some discrepancies but there has been no widespread rigging and intimidation.
 

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This comes to mind on this "election"
[video=youtube;_FNsuyX8lNo]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FNsuyX8lNo[/video]
 

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MDC was never going to win, there is no cohesive opposition since Tsvangirai died unfortunately. Chamisa is a tool.

All info I am getting is that this is unlike any election in ages, has truly been peaceful and I think even international observers may declare it free. Undoubtedly there will be some discrepancies but there has been no widespread rigging and intimidation.
They were only a cohesive opposition for 1 election. Then they forgot who their voters were.

Still have to see what the final results are
 

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ZANU-PF leads Zimbabwe vote as first election results are released


ZANU-PF leads Zimbabwe vote as first election results are released

Zimbabwe’s ruling party took an early lead in the first election of the post-Robert Mugabe era, initial results showed.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) won six parliamentary seats, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission officials including chairwoman Priscilla Chigumba said on Tuesday in the capital, Harare.

Nelson Chamisa’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) secured one seat, she said.

With the campaign and balloting having largely been peaceful, the focus now shifts to the credibility of the process and whether the results are accepted, key pillars needed to rebuild the southern African nation after two decades of decline under Mugabe’s rule.

The jury is still out on whether the contest was fair, with observers noting a number of flaws and the opposition alleging there had been a deliberate attempt to frustrate and suppress urban voters.

The tally for the presidential ballot will be announced once results from all provinces are received and verified, Chigumba said. Under Zimbabwean law, the final results must be released by August 4. More than 5.6-million people registered to vote at 10,985 polling stations for the president, 350 lawmakers and local government representatives.
More at: https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times/business/2018-07-31-zanu-pf-leads-zimbabwe-vote-as-first-election-results-are-released/
 

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Wondering if this is not another case of voting for the liberator. The crocodile liberated them from mad bob, so he gets the vote.
 

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Wondering if this is not another case of voting for the liberator. The crocodile liberated them from mad bob, so he gets the vote.
That factor can never be ignored. Probably more or less in the same position as ANC supporters are now, a new dawn of sorts with Zanu PF.
 
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Wondering if this is not another case of voting for the liberator. The crocodile liberated them from mad bob, so he gets the vote.
That too and Zim voter seems to to have liked noises Prez has been making so far. There must have been some irregularities considering how crooked entire system was but nothing yet to indicate anything even remotely close to Bob's regime. Zim people will take it I think.
 

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MDC Alliance supporters square off with police outside results centre

The ZEC has been announcing constituency results since Tuesday.

There is still no word on the race for the presidency.

Zimbabweans cast their ballots on Monday, the first without Robert Mugabe as president in almost four decades.
More at: http://ewn.co.za/2018/08/01/mdc-alliance-supporters-square-off-with-police-outside-results-centre

[video=youtube;dA325L1XaRA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dA325L1XaRA[/video]
 

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Just Imagine if Chamisa wins and Mnangagwa accepts the result.
I never expected Chamisa to win.
Mnangagwa did all Mugabe's dirty work including supervising all the killing and rigging previous elections although he has been a bit more discreet this time. The rural areas will have been subject to warnings of heavy retribution in the case of unfavourable results and they all remember the violence of previous elections.
 

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LIVE: Chaos in capital Harare as MDC supporters shout 'we want our result'

Zimbabwe police on Wednesday fired water cannon and teargas at opposition supporters outside the electoral results headquarters in Harare, an AFP correspondent witnessed, as tensions erupted over alleged fraud in the election. Officers had been facing off through a locked gate against protesters who brandished opposition party banners, lit fires and chanted slogans against the ruling Zanu-PF party.

https://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/live-zimbabwe-election-zanu-pf-wins-majority-seats-in-parliament-20180801
 
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