CCC rejects hastily assembled ED victory

CCC Spokesman, Promise Mkwananzi


The Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) has rejected the victory of Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was declared the duly elected president of the Republic of Zimbabwe by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on Saturday evening. Mnangagwa, a member of the Zanu-PF party, won 52.6% of the vote, beating his challenger Nelson Chamisa who got 44%1.

The CCC has refused to accept the result, as was the case five years ago when Mnangagwa won his first term after beating Chamisa in a disputed poll1The opposition party’s newly appointed spokesperson Promise Mkwananzi described the election results announced on Saturday evening as “hastily assembled without proper verification”1CCC added it would advise citizens on next steps in due course, setting the stage for another possible court challenge1.

Mwananzi wrote on social media soon after ZEC’s announcement: “We reject any result hastily assembled without proper verification NOT lectureship. We will advise citizens on the next steps as the situation develops. We will not relent on the people’s victory!”1

Zimbabweans went to the ballot box on Wednesday and Thursday in polling marred by delays in opposition strongholds and allegations of voter intimidation in rural areas1Foreign poll observers, including from the regional body SADC said on Friday that the elections had failed to meet regional and international standards2.

It is worth noting that Zimbabwe has been facing an ever-worsening economic situation, with promises to get inflation and unemployment on track after decades of Mugabe rule failing to materialize 2Unemployment and poverty levels remain high in the country once regarded as the breadbasket of southern Africa 2Despite claiming a bumper harvest, nearly 3.8 million people will go hungry this year 2.

In this context, it is not surprising that there are allegations of voter intimidation and delays in opposition strongholds. The situation is still developing, and we will keep you updated with any new information.

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