Mugabe to win Zimbabwe election

CNC report from Harare
Added On August 3, 2013

First up, let's take a look at the Zimbabwe General Election.

89-year-old President Robert Mugabe's party has won way more than 50 percent of the parliamentary seats in the southern African country's elections.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is estimated to have won two thirds of the votes in July 31 elections.

There are 210 parliamentary seats up for grabs in Wednesday' s polls.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon lauded a peaceful election day in Zimbabwe and hoped that calmness will prevail the whole electoral process.

He called on President Robert Mugabe and his political rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to send "clear messages of calm" to supporters amid mounting election tension.

Also the chief of the African Union observer mission said Zimbabwe's election was credible and fair.

However, Mugabe's main rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said the elections were rigged, and the result did not reflect the will of voters and should be nullified.

Registrar-General of Voters Tobaiwa Mudede on Friday denied that the voters' roll used in Wednesday's elections was manipulated.

Mudede said in a press conference that those who lost elections were bound to complain.

Zimbabwe's Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa said the presidential winner will be sworn into office on the ninth day after announcement of poll results.

Chinamasa said that anybody who are not satisfied with the elections outcome should go to the courts.

Around 6.4 million registered voters cast their ballots in over 9,000 polling stations across the country on Wednesday.

The two rivals, President Mugabe and Prime Minister Tsvangirai, compete for the presidency for the third time.

Reports say 89-year-old Mugabe, Africa's oldest leader, still wishes to extend his 33-year rule of the southern African country.

It's the southern African country's first general election since violent polls in 2008.