The Zanu-PF party of President Robert Mugabe once again failed to obtain a majority in Parliament even after the Election Commission made a fervent effort to overthrow its loss in the parliamentary election results. The Electoral Commission said results were unchanged in 18 of the 23 seats where recounts had taken place. The Zanu-PF needs to overturn results in at least 9 districts if it is to attain a majority in Parliament but its effort has failed. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said they may even get around to finally releasing results of the presidential election, only after a “verification and collation” process occurs with agents of the presidential candidates. The only clear aspect of the Electoral Commission statement is that no final result will be provided until Robert Mugabe says one should be offered.
In the meantime, violence and brutality continues against supporters of the victorious Movement for Democratic Change whose candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai clearly won a majority of votes. Mugabe appears unwilling to give in on this point and is using the beating and imprisoning of hundreds of MDC followers as a means of using force to secure another election. Hopefully, for Mugabe, the next time round, will be a more controlled election in which the ballots are counted prior to voting in order to ensure victory.