Chamisa claims poll victory

. . . as Zanu PF dominates Parly race

THE Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance yesterday claimed to have won Monday’s presidential race and accused the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) of plotting to rig the polls by taking long to officially announce the results.

BY VENERANDA LANGA/OBEY MANAYITI

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa

This came as the ruling Zanu PF party took an early lead in parliamentary elections, having bagged 36 of the contested 210 seats against MDC Alliance’s 11 and NPF’s one seat at the time of going to print last night.

Zanu PF maintained its dominance in the rural constituencies and snatched a few urban seats taking advantage of divisions between Chamisa and Thokozani Khupe’s MDC-T camps.

Speaking to journalists at the party offices in Harare, MDC Alliance principal Tendai Biti raised a red flag over what he claimed were Zec’s machinations to rig the poll by withholding 21% of V11 forms which had official results from various polling stations.

“We have made it clear to Zec that if they do not announce the results, we will do so ourselves because they are withholding the publishing of 21% V11 forms,” Biti said.

“We collated the results from our agents at all polling stations and what they reflected is nothing else except victory for MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa, and we demand that they make those V11 forms public.”

In the morning, Chamisa claimed he was on course to become the next President of the country.

“Winning resoundingly…we now have results from the majority of the over 10 000 polling stations. We’ve done exceedingly well. Awaiting Zec to perform their constitutional duty to officially announce the people’s election results and we are ready to form the next government,” he tweeted.

Biti said it was impossible that Zanu PF would win the elections given the tallies they received from opposition agents at different polling stations which he claimed confirmed a resounding victory for Chamisa.

“We have seen how we have won in those areas including rural areas, we were leading, and now they want to hide on the Zanu PF usual manipulation that they control rural areas. Anyone who is a student of history must know that Zanu PF wants to hide on claiming victory in the rural areas where they traditionally manipulate the rural vote. They are now trying to manipulate the V11 forms,” he said.

Biti said the law was very clear that they cannot announce results, but it was lawful to make a statement and to celebrate a victory from the results they have seen on V11 forms.

“For us to celebrate is within the confines of our political rights. So, the behaviour of our supporters is within the confines of the law and our political freedoms,” he said as party supporters celebrated outside the party offices.

Earlier, Biti had said the MDC Alliance would allow Zec to do its job uninterrupted, but warned that they had many options to defend their vote should they feel frustrated by the mother body.

“We have people waiting in queues guarding our votes and they (Zec) are delaying to give us the V11 forms. So we are giving them enough rope to hang themselves but they have to do the right thing,” Biti said.

“By today all the results have to be announced. We will let the law take its course but if there is frustration we have options and those options include Section 59 of the Constitution.”

In terms of the Electoral Act, Zec has to release results within five days.

MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora yesterday warned of possible public protests should Zec tamper with the results.

“If Zanu PF and Zec try to cheat, we are confident that the people of Zimbabwe will react. How they react we have absolutely no idea nor do we have any control. Therefore, we are just hoping that the people’s will be respected,” he said.

MDC Alliance Harare provincial youth organising secretary, Lovejoy Chitengu also told NewsDay that their party agents had collated the results at all polling stations in the country, which showed victory for the opposition.

“We have all the results which show that whereas our MPs were losing in Zanu PF strongholds, our presidential candidate was winning overally. We are not going to announce the percentages because it is the duty of Zec, but we are prepared to die for this election. I urge our supporters to join in celebration until Zec announces the results,” Chitengu said.

But, Zanu PF secretary for legal affairs Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana described MDC Alliance’s victory celebrations as premature.

“Mad people are dancing whilst normal people are watching, but all I can say is that they are exercising their human rights,” he said.

Mangwana dismissed reports also doing the rounds that Zanu PF had won the election by 54%.

“We never made a declaration that we won. We do not have the results. But, naturally we are expecting to win and we will wait for Zec to announce the results. People have confidence in Zanu PF. MDC might have support in cities, but they do not have support in rural areas,” Mangwana said.

Zec chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba (pictured) told the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) that her commission was ready to engage police and cause the arrest of party leaders who prematurely announce the results.

“It is the Zimbabwe Republic Police that has the mandate to arrest anyone suspected of that offence. We only refer the complaint to them and say please look at this complaint,” Chigumba said.

Self-exiled former Higher and Tertiary Education, Jonathan Moyo claimed results posted outside polling stations across the country showed plus/minus 60% of the vote for Chamisa, but alleged there were overnight developments that “pointed to a plot to subvert the will of the people.”

“Mnangagwa was given the results posted outside polling stations, in the wee hours. His camp was subdued throughout the night after it received the disappointing polling station results. There was lots of blame-pointing within the camp. A scramble for “Plan B” ensued!” Moyo alleged on his Twitter page.

“As part of the scramble for “Plan B”, some Zec commissioners, including its chairperson Chigumba, have been briefing selected journalists and diplomats since early this morning to plant a staggering backroom narrative that Mnangagwa ‘will win’ by between 53% and 55% of the vote.”

He said a number of constituencies where Zanu PF won the parliamentary seat, Chamisa carried the presidential vote.

“The information posted outside polling stations showed Chamisa had well over two million votes. Something sinister appears to be afoot!” Moyo alleged.

“Zec’s lack of transparency continues to blight this election. It’s underhanded briefing to selected journalists and diplomats to announce a result before it has received votes from six provinces deserves urgent attention of election observers and the voters to protect their vote!”

66 Comments

  1. utter nonsense clutching at straws only morgan could have upstaged zanoids not this kid nelson

    1. Zanoids like you?

    2. Soory, my friend. You are in denial. NDC Has Won.

      1. I think its the other way round from the looks of things you are the one in denial. Not only are u in denial but also very emotional. I would advise u to see a doctor early coz it might have health repacations.

    3. MAZIMBO TIPEIWO MASIRIYASI PIRIZI..NDINOBVE KANYI ….NYIKA INGATONGWE NDIANA NERESONI ERE, INGAITE NYIKA ERE ???

  2. ZANU PF is about to find out that rigging in 2018 is not like rigging in 2013 or 2008.. The game may still be the same but everything else has changed.

    1. ZANU PF WINS because people have hope in AND TRUST ED’s new leadership stance…..remember E.D’S ZANU PF IS DIFFERENT FROM MUGABE’S ZANU PF DUDE…LOOSERS ALWAYS FIND WAYS TO BLAME THE REFEREE …ZEC DZNT RIG ELECTIONS…ED PFEEEEEEEE

    2. ZANU PF WINS because people have hope in AND TRUST ED’s new leadership stance…..remember E.D’S ZANU PF IS DIFFERENT FROM MUGABE’S ZANU PF DUDE…ED PFEEEEEEEE….EEEE

  3. I dont think there is any rigging going on ….you rushed to announce results when you were not certain of the win …..Now its game on …ED pfee

  4. MADNESS, KEEP DREAMING, WHILST OTHERS ARE MOVING FORWARD

  5. To hell with your threats hativhunduki. Maiita basa rekuunganidza maStreet kids asingavhoti muchivapa maT shirt matsvuku.Kuunganidza vanhu nekuvhoterwa zvakasiyana but Appropriate response will be found if anyone misbehave

  6. How can zanupf win & with a landslide for that matter in this day & age? These guys must think Zimbo’s are idiots but this time around they’ve made a gross miscalcuation

    1. ZANU PF WINS because people have hope in AND TRUST ED’s new leadership stance…..remember E.D’S ZANU PF IS DIFFERENT FROM MUGABE’S ZANU PF DUDE…ED PFEEEEEEEE

      1. @GARRY
        Uchadya pfeeee yako nemazinyatera akon iwayo.

    2. Wezhira Wezhara

      What do ou mean by this time and age? And do you think any right thinking Zimbabwean could have voted for a party which called for sanctions when there were other means to engage Mugabe? You have a hand in our problems with your Mugabe. Akakudyisai Mugabe nevhoti yake gore rino. ED Pfeeee

  7. Nelson, now you’ve learnt what politics is like. Wadyiwa mfana.

  8. Farai Johnson Nhire

    Biti’s explanation is very wrong. Politics in Zimbabwe is so polarised to an extent that no single individual can be expected to vote for a ruling party legislator and for an opposition president. That idea is farfetched in zimbabwean party politics.

    1. The beautiful ones are not yet born

      Its called bhora musango and its real!

  9. That is the risk of relying on social media. 46% of the polling stations had not MDC-A agents due to lack of resources; you can check this with the MDC head office. Sadly as usual MDC has lost and you thought the Mugabe factor was minor it is not. If you check the stats while Zanu pf lost urban seats it has comparatively increased its number of voters and this will count very significantly in the presidential vote. This is why for once Nero is quiet. Mark my words after this Biti and company are going to kick him out of the alliance they just wanted to use him to win this election they knew if they stood on their own they would lose. He is now disposable and worse more he has no party anymore the alliance is what it is. He can not recall anyone from parliament. I mentioned this so many times before the elections. The chickens are coming home to roost now. BitI and Ncube intend to reclaim leadership of the MDC.

  10. As much as I loved him to win, I doubt their statements
    1) They got all the results from all polling agents nationwide, and Chamisa is winning.
    2) Zec is hiding 21% of V11 forms from them.

    my question is, What the hell did they want V11 forms from zec if they already have them from their agents.
    If they have the results and not the V11 how the hell did their agents presented these results to their masters?

    so confusing

    1. They sent the figures but ZEC did not post the V11. This is their question. They want ZEC to publish V11 so they can reconcile with what they have. V11 non posting does not stop the Party Agent to sent the figures that were counted in his presence. But Non Posting of V11 by ZEC Leaves room to manupulate the counted figures hence the need for that for a confiormed figure

    2. Zvave zvekunyeba chete zvako iwe.Hapana hapana.Ngavachitaure zvese zvavaitaura zviye kkkkkkkkk

    3. Polling agents sign on completion of the counting. Sorry you may not be in the know. Where is ED right now?

  11. 109 Zanu Pf, 41 Mdc Alliance, 1 NPF and 1 independent

    For some who may not be aware of the official results this far, more are expected around 10am.

  12. I got very disturbed when one of the commissioners announcing the results kept saying MDC ‘Allowance’ instead of Alliance, and one wonders how such a person has the capacity to meticlously verify figures collated by polling stations. uuuummmm zvakaoma hazvo

  13. Feel pity for Nelson who was used by Biti who wanted to win back the Harare east seat

  14. Jonathan Moyo has no right to preach anything to us he is a coward he should keep his mind from his big head to him,he is desparate to incite the majority into panic mode and create chaos,we have enough of his nonsense during Mugabe’s era.

  15. IT HURTS VOTING IS REALLY USELESS

    1. IF YU VOTE FOR A PARTY WHOSE PRINCIPLES DOES NOT HAVE PEOPLE AT HEART….THEY WILL ALWAYS LOOSE….THEY WANT TO BENEFIT FROM SUFFERING OF THE PEOPLE TO GET POLITICAL JOBS……SHAME – GOD’ CURSES SUCH.

      1. go back to school and learn English at grade 1, it’s lose not loose

  16. Jonathan Moyo has no right to preach anything to us he is a coward he should keep his mind from his big head to him,he is desparate to incite the majority into panic mode and create chaos,we have enough of his nonsense during Mugabe’s era.

  17. DID MDC SENT AGENTS TO EVERY POLLING STATION? WHERE DO THEY GET INFOR IF THEY DIDNT?

  18. I have just one request. It is that MDC should relook at their strategy and stop the blame game. How long are they going to continue to be in denial? They should ask themselves some very critical questions like;

    1. Was it ok for Chamisa to become MDC leader in the manner he did? How did that affect his democratic credentials? At 40 could he not have enhanced his profile for future elections by allowing Khupe to contest in his place?
    2. Was it ok for Chamisa to fail to unite the various MDCs?
    3. The Mugabe factor. Was it addressed properly? Was it worth the risk?
    4. His rhetoric. Chamisa has a big mouth. That must have cost him.
    5. Harvest House now resembles a military zone. Is that ok for a democratic party?
    6. More than a week before the 1st vote was cast NC was claiming victory. Is that ok guys?
    7. NC bussed supporters to his rallies, Mugabe style. Was this ok. Do not deny it because I witnessed when he held his rally at Nzvimbo, Chiweshe
    8. What did NC do or say to lure the rural vote?

    NC’s mistakes are numerous and Biti and Ncube should folder the blaming for leading him on. Now they are going to hang him out to dry. How cruel? I hear some people saying who voted ED. I am one of them. An unemployed urban dweller. The number 1 reason I voted ED instead of NC was NC’s alleged connection to Mugabe. I feel that NC ignored this crucial factor and I am glad that I was not alone.

    1. unosupporta zanu period

    2. thats a good observation bro.i second u on that

  19. I think its the other way round from the looks of things you are the one in denial. Not only are u in denial but also very emotional. I would advise u to see a doctor early coz it might have health repacations.

  20. i am happy Chitando won in his constitueny at least Priscilla is happy now

  21. Yet another 5 years of a wasted life & hell on earth for Zimbos, no cash, no jobs, no prosperity, nothing at all. We just have to pray harder to the almighty God to rescue us this time around

    1. Eagle we Kwe Kwed you and your foolish Chamisa. Chawakadya chamuka Nerison,junta rakapa MEDC_T Leadership ,Tsvangison achakagonya. You dug your own grave MDCAlliance with the Grace Mugabe factor. Mamama newe Eagle !

      1. Spoken like a true youthie….

    2. Eagle, you have a seriously misplaced belief about the power of politics (and politicians)to change your life. The truth is that as long as the fundamentals of your own life are not in order eg. educational and professional qualifications and work experience(amongst many other factors); no matter who is in power, you will always be at the bottom end of life.

  22. Comment…Tamama

  23. Queue iri kubank yakaoma.Vanhu vabva kumusha vari kuchema.

  24. ED has only succeeded in nothing but mortgaging his presidency to the army even further. He is not going to be a very effective leader & very soon Chiwenga & his gang will start showing their true colours of being the power behind the throne. I’ve suddenly come to realise how naive as a nation we were to celebrate the coup on Mugabe in November, now we are in real deep kak as a country

  25. ED has only succeeded in nothing but mortgaging his presidency to the army even further. He is not going to be a very effective leader & very soon Chiwenga & his gang will start showing their true colours of being the power behind the throne. I’ve suddenly come to realise how naive as a nation we were to celebrate the coup on Mugabe in November, now we are in real deep kak as a country

  26. Let us wait and see. In E D ZANU PF is creating another Mugabe who will only be removed by the army. In these modern days Africa does not need dictators

  27. its sad that zanu irikushandisa vanhu vasina kana nechavanacho we are known kunopotera kunedzimwe nyika we are fools no wisdom why where in the world do you find all graduates from university you find kuti several years after graduation maybe one or two are employed and the rest are byroad side selling tomatoes, airtym do you want the same trend inenyika yedu to continue,we might as well stop our children to go to school and release them into vending, where in the world are people buying cash for money, where in the world, pedzo moti ED pfee hameno kuti ilack of wisdom here or idhimoni repoverty. what this means for the country is you will see more criminals and prostitution,,, zimbabweans wake up,,, some of you may think are benefitting from economic disorder but its damaging to our children what are we doing to them.. tinoda kusiira vana vedu nhaka yepoverty here to generality of zimbabwe.

  28. kid marongorongo

    its a pity that the young man is still ignorant of the constitution how can he claim poll victory when ZEC is still announcing parliamentary results

  29. Comment…let’s wait and see

  30. ED Pfeeee.. MDC is Finished…
    You see just like Zanupf did well to get rid of Mugabe and form a new Zanupf leadership..

    The opposite goes to MDC, Tsvangirai was the true leader for Mdc and his death also signaled the death of MDC, Equating chamisas leadership to Savos is a mockery! Goodbye Alliance

    1. Chamisa i want you to give ED your sister as per your word!

  31. Zimbos should read widely and beef up their analytical capabilities. Soldiers are human beings with a conscience. Paul Kagame who is being credited with reviving the Rwandan economy is a former military man and so is Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. The USA and UK governments are led by people who who have fought in different wars. Most white commercial farmers who ran Zimbabwean agriculture were former soldiers and policemen. Let’s not spread unnecessary hatred against well-intentioned people. Soldiers tend to be more disciplined than political activists masquerading as politicians.

  32. Reality, Biti promises people money from Paul Pogba from Manchester United and people celebrate, is that normal, and people still vote for him. Any common sensed person would know that that will never happen. Chamisa lies about Donald Trump giving him money after the elections, he lies about being invited by the queen. Instead of campaigning in Zimbabwe he goes and parties with those in the diaspora where he is roasted on BBC. He bad mouths the British that they are in bed with ZANU (PF). How pathetic. Before the elections, he declares himself a winner a statement he repeats on Sunday. He even confirms that he is with Mugabe whom the very MDC was fiercely against. When all Zimbabweans pushed Mugabe out, why is Chamisa now embracing Mugabe and Grace. And in all fairness and common sense, what did the MDC-T gain by forming the alliance. Biti is clever because he knew that without the mainstream MDC he would sink into oblivion thus he vigorously campaigned for the formation of the MDC-Alliance. Biti is the overall winner because if Chamisa misses the presidency he will then be history. This is what people have been saying that Chamisa is being let lose so that when he loses he is dumped. And for the hundreds of workers who were fired from their employment because of the ZUVA case they have no kind words for Chamisa who stood for the employers instead of employees. Vamwe vant ibasa, but my question is, if someone harms your child and you are a lawyer, would you represent the person against your own son. No, why then did Chamisa stand with the employers and I believe that even Advocate Thabani Mpofu was with Chamisa in the case. Is this chickens coming home to roost. Apa Chamisa akakanya. I also did not agree with Chamisa pro violence stance even going to the extend that he would unleash Mbare youths to engage in violence. Mwana wani anoda kushandiswa kuita zvakaipa. Ndimbobvunzwa kuti mukadzi wa Chamisa akavhotera ani.

  33. ED-Pfee hazvichinje imi machinja ese apo. Better to start luving Zanu PF.Mbavaha Chamisa who stole MDC _T Presidency,tried to burn Khupe. I voted KHupe but luv ED more coz he kwekwed Chamisa. RIP NC ,Biti & Welshaman buried you. Handeika ku MDC-T Congress tione!!!kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  34. Comment…Ndine zvandakarota 29 Jul kuenda kuna 30 Jul. Ndiyani,
    chokwadi anogona kududzira hope. Ndakambobvunza vamwe vandinotandara navo, vakati zvinechekuita neupenyu hwangu. Ndakarota shumba ichitandanisa makudo akawanda chaizvo. Ndichida kunyatsoti ndiwone zvayiitika. Ndakawona kuruwoko rwerudyi kwava nehanda yeshumba nhema, ichiyamwa munwe wechipiri kubva kumunwe mukuru. Kurubosve kuine handa tsvuku yeshumba zvakare, ichi yamwa mumwe wangu wepiri kubva kumumwe mukuru. Vanhuwe, kutaura chokwadi, ihope dzandakarota usiku hwatazofuma tichipinda musarudzo dzenyika.
    Mubvunzo wangu, zvinechekuita nehupenyu hwangu kana nyika? Ndipindureyiwo vanogona kududzira hope. Ndatenda.

  35. Ndine zvandakarota 29 Jul kuenda kuna 30 Jul. Ndiyani, chokwadi anogona kududzira hope. Ndakambobvunza vamwe vandinotandara navo, vakati zvinechekuita neupenyu hwangu. Ndakarota shumba ichitandanisa makudo akawanda chaizvo. Ndichida kunyatsoti ndiwone zvayiitika. Ndakawona kuruwoko rwerudyi kwava nehanda yeshumba nhema, ichiyamwa munwe wechipiri kubva kumunwe mukuru. Kurubosve kuine handa tsvuku yeshumba zvakare, ichi yamwa mumwe wangu wepiri kubva kumumwe mukuru. Vanhuwe, kutaura chokwadi, ihope dzandakarota usiku hwatazofuma tichipinda musarudzo dzenyika.
    Mubvunzo wangu, zvinechekuita nehupenyu hwangu kana nyika? Ndipindureyiwo vanogona kududzira hope. Ndatenda.

  36. Ndine zvandakarota 29 Jul kuenda kuna 30 Jul. Ndiyani, chokwadi anogona kududzira hope. Ndakambobvunza vamwe vandinotandara navo, vakati zvinechekuita neupenyu hwangu. Ndakarota shumba ichitandanisa makudo akawanda chaizvo. Ndichida kunyatsoti ndiwone zvayiitika. Ndakawona kuruwoko rwerudyi kwava nehanda yeshumba nhema, ichiyamwa munwe wechipiri kubva kumunwe mukuru. Kurubosve kuine handa tsvuku yeshumba zvakare, ichi yamwa mumwe wangu wepiri kubva kumumwe mukuru. Vanhuwe, kutaura chokwadi, ihope dzandakarota usiku hwatazofuma tichipinda musarudzo dzenyika.
    Mubvunzo wangu, zvinechekuita nehupenyu hwangu kana nyika? Ndipindureyiwo vanogona kududzira hope. Ndatenda.

  37. We cannot remain in the electioneering mood indefinitely.
    Hoping that Zec will not be cowed to submission by any party to comprise the supreme will of the people, let us give it time to announce the will results and results resume back to our daily chores.
    All said and done, life must go on with or without the election and there can never be counterbalance.
    Zimbabwe is bigger than our personal interests, after all.
    Good luck!

  38. Marco Almanzor

    Mr Chamisa, in your way of thinking you had already won the election even before the people voted, but what really matters is the results of the people’s votes and not your dreams. Wake up to reality you lost

  39. ZANU PF rallies were real promises to the people of Zimbabwe. Whether they fullfill or not is a thing we’ll wait to see. MDC Alliance rallies were a show off of the crowd, enjoying the crowd NC achiti “hey, vanhu vangu vese ava” otaura zvisina basa: Kana tikasahwina tinenge tabirirwa. If you go back and look at the rallies and compare messages you’ll see what I’m talking about. There is no rigging here guys, Zanu pf won outright.
    And remember there’s joblessness in all countries where these whites were once paymasters, and where they still are: South Africa.

  40. And the hype, pomp, confidence and fanfare that the private media and surrogates were exuding has died down all of a sudden. Jonatahn Moyo too has been silent today – 5 more years of hiding in a cave mate. ED Pfeee zvachose

  41. godfrey chikowore

    The outcome is ashaming and very sorrowful,,yet Our God of Justice is watching from above.

  42. godfrey chikowore

    Certainly, this is a very sorrowful outcome crudely crafted and doctored results….. always to the favor of the cabals…… any other option and outcome in Zimbabwe is not at all acceptable and this is where enslavement of a blackman by his fellowman translates into an excruciating poverty and underdevelopment not only of Zimbabweans but Africa as a race and continent. However Our Almighty Lord God of Abraham is watching closely,, watch closely how He will take over the control.

  43. Lawless “lawyers” or are they lawyers ignorant of the law. How do we explain Chamitiswa’s vain attempt to subvert the will of the people and announce fake results. Chamitiswa tried something too high above him. He can’t grab state power the same way he grabbed power in his party.

  44. give ed a chance.the future looks bright…..

  45. Chamisa is there any reason why you caused these deaths. You are a very selfish person. You are supposed to be a pastor yet u now making people curse God. Shame on you Nelson i hope they lock you up and throw away the keys

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