Government condemns violent protests in Zimbabwe

02 Aug 2018 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 02 AUG (NAMPA) – The Namibian Government has condemned reports of violent protests and damage to property in Zimbabwe over the delayed announcement of the presidential election results after the general elections on Monday.
In a media statement issued Thursday, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi urged all political players in Zimbabwe to exercise maximum restraint and to uphold the laws of that country.
The government also described the allegations by the opposition that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is deliberately delaying the announcement in order to manipulate the results, as groundless in law.
The statement said the chief election agents of all 23 presidential candidates at the verification centres have admitted that the verification process is laborious and time consuming.
The Zimbabwean Electoral Act requires that the ZEC officials and chief polling agents of political parties must collate and verify the election results for each of the 10 985 polling stations, it added.
The Namibian Government said the neighbouring country’s law allows that election results should be announced not later than five days after voting.
The elections were declared as having been free, fair and transparent by election observers representing the Southern African Development Community, African Union, and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa.
Meanwhile, ZEC has announced that the results of the presidential poll would be announced at 22h00 on Thursday.