OVERVIEW: Zimbabwe election result 'fraudulent, illegal, illegitimate', says opposition chief

2018-08-03 16:10

MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa says they are going to be challenging a number of election results after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission declared Emmerson Mnangagwa as the winner of the just ended elections.

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03 Aug 16:12
Mnangagwa maintains that he won the election

03 Aug 16:10

In Brief:

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Nelson Chamisa on Friday insisted that he won the country's landmark election, calling the official results "fraudulent, illegal, illegitimate and characterised by serious credibility gaps".

"We won this election and we are ready to form the next government," Chamisa told a press conference, after President Emmerson Mnangagwa of the ruling Zanu-PF was declared victor with 50.8%of the vote. - AFP


03 Aug 16:07
Chamisa responds to question on Mugabe by saying he doesn’t know if he voted for him. His possible support doesn’t make him an ally

03 Aug 16:06
Chamisa says he would not attend Mnangagwa inauguration

03 Aug 16:04
On election results as well as SADC, Chamisa says Zimbabwe hasn’t known peace for 38 years. We are back to where we were in 2008

03 Aug 16:03
Question on SADC. Chamisa says he is in the process of engaging Cyril Ramaphosa

03 Aug 16:00
Chamisa refuses to say when they will be filing a court challenge only saying we have one of the finest legal teams in Africa

03 Aug 15:57
Chamisa refuses to reveal his strategy going forward. We must be transparent but we cannot be naked

03 Aug 15:54

Journalists are asking Chamisa to share proof of rigging and how he will "fight" Mnangagwa who has police and military on his side

Chamisa: You may think that. We have institutions that support the will of the people

He Continues with the claim that ZEC rigged results and refuses to allow them to verify


03 Aug 15:52

Questions and answer session now. A journalist asks what MDC makes of an independent tally by an NGO observer group which corroborates ZEC results.

Chamisa says he doesn’t know what the journalist is talking about. Sticks to his original figure. Has political reasons for not giving final figure


03 Aug 15:49
Nelson Chamisa addressing journalists in Harare. (Carien du-Plessis)

03 Aug 15:47
Chamisa: We do not believe in violence even if we have the capacity to resort to arms

03 Aug 15:47
Chamisa: We will pursue all legal and constitutional routes because Mnangagwa cannot form a government. Also appeals to international community to support "the credentials of democracy"

03 Aug 15:46
Chamisa: We are not accepting fake results. We want a proper result to be announced

03 Aug 15:46
Chamisa questions turn out rates which ZEC said was 75% for parliamentary results and 84% for presidential

03 Aug 15:44
Chamisa: When they announce at night they want to give you a darkness result. Their rigging was poor; Mugabe was at least sophisticated. Their numbers don’t even add up

03 Aug 15:43

Chamisa claims MDC results show he had 2.3 million votes and Mnangagwa under 2 million

That gives him 56% and Mnangagwa 44%


03 Aug 15:38
A camera falls from a window above, starling people. “Don’t worry we are covered by the Holy Ghost” Chamisa jokes

03 Aug 15:38
Chamisa says the “outgoing president” Mnangagwa must account for the violence by army

03 Aug 15:37
Chamisa: ZEC are very malleable and liberal with their futures. Says these don’t add up

03 Aug 15:36
Chamisa also mentions examples about what he claims are tampering to ballot boxes and the transport of ballots

03 Aug 15:36
Chamisa: They inflated Mnangagwa‘s vote, which is why they did not announce by constituency but by province

03 Aug 15:36
Chamisa: I hope Mnangagwa is open for the business of democracy and transparency

03 Aug 15:34
Mnangagwa must allow young men to do their job which they were elected to do

03 Aug 15:34
Chamisa: We want to advise Mr Mnangagwa if he is a born again let him honour his pledge for free and fair election. He must be honest and sincere

03 Aug 15:33
Chamisa: We are going to be challenging a number of election results. Already got advise on legality of results

03 Aug 15:33
Chamisa: the bar of an acceptable election result will not be lowered just for expediency

03 Aug 15:33
Chamisa addressing journalists (Carien du Plessis)

03 Aug 15:31
Chamisa: because we won this election we are ready to form this government

03 Aug 15:30
Chamisa: A misunderstanding characterised this election. Result is fraudulent and illegitimate

03 Aug 15:30
Chamisa claims another victim died last night from the army shooting protesters on Wednesday. This brings unconfirmed  death toll to 7

03 Aug 15:29
Chamisa: Mnangagwa did not win this election. MDC won the elections. We have a tally to prove it. Proper verification of results wasn’t done

03 Aug 15:29
Chamisa says there was some disappointment about reports that elections were free and fair

03 Aug 15:28

Chamisa thanks Zimbabweans for voting and being tolerant. It’s not easy. Even with their bastardizing we managed to score 2 million votes

He thanks journalists for the coverage


03 Aug 15:28
Chamisa: if you go around country there is no celebration. Today is a day of morning of a repeat of what we have seen in the past

03 Aug 15:27
Chamisa: Many of our people had been visited and interrogated for abiding in an election. The thank you we have been getting for taking part in election as law abiding citizens is a thank you of bullets, tanks, guns

03 Aug 15:26
Nelson Chamisa addressing journalists during a press conference in Harare. - Carien du Plessis

03 Aug 15:25
Chamisa: This is the behaviour of people who lost and not won an election

03 Aug 15:24
Chamisa greets journalists and calls this a turning point press conference. If police can do this with press conference, what more with ordinary people, he says. - Carien du Plessis

03 Aug 15:23

Zimbabwe's president says the scenes of riot police dispersing journalists waiting for an opposition briefing "have no place in our society.

"President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Twitter says authorities are "urgently investigating" the events as journalists awaited opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, who has rejected the results of Monday's election. - AP


03 Aug 15:23

Zimbabwean riot police with batons and shields are now leaving after breaking up a press conference by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, who has alleged rigging of the presidential election.

Police chased away reporters without explanation but ruling party officials are now urging reporters to attend the briefing. There is no sign of Chamisa. - AP


03 Aug 15:22
MDC opposition leader Nelson Chamisa arrives at the Bronte Hotel in Harare for a press conference minutes after he was broken up by several dozen riot police armed with tear gas cannisters, as Zimbabwe's opposition rejected today what it said were the "fake" results of landmark elections.

03 Aug 15:06
Earlier supporters gathered outside told journalists they were ready to shed blood for Chamisa. - Carien du Plessis

03 Aug 15:04
Sibanda says he is just going to debrief now and ensure that he is safe - Carien du Plessis

03 Aug 15:03
Chamisa walks in to applause. Some supporters come in from outside with journalists. They are now singing - Carien du Plessis

03 Aug 15:03
MDC spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda confirms to journalists now press conference is going ahead and Chamisa is now on his way - Carien du-Plessis

03 Aug 15:00
Journalists asked to go back into hotel now as police trucks are leaving. Carien du Plessis

03 Aug 14:59

MDC supporters are now dancing and chanting around the police truck as police get on and then off again.

The public order act prohibits political gatherings. Police don’t seem to be acting. There is a host of local and international journalists on scene - Carien du Plessis


03 Aug 14:58
"I'm told it was apparently a misunderstanding. Police claim to have thought this was a political gathering. Police had to be convinced that this was a press conference and we are now back inside the hotel grounds." - Carien du Plessis

03 Aug 14:57
Zimbabwe anti-riot personnel arrive at The Bronte Hotel in Harare where international journalists and observers are gathered for a press conference by MDC leader Nelson Chamisa. (AFP)

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