Remain calm

HARARE - After the historic vote on Wednesday, we are calling for calm as voters anxiously await the result, amid concerns about vote rigging.

The counting, collating and announcement of votes is now being carried out and the largely peaceful voting process has given way to uncertainty as everyone waits nervously for the final results.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, Zec, is obliged to release the presidential results within five days of the polls closing.

We are anxious to know the results after voting.

Any continued delay is not good amid Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s allegations of ballot-rigging.

This presidential election is the first since 2008, when a disputed ballot outcome led to bloodshed which left more than 200 people dead and 200 000 uprooted from their homes.

We urge Zimbabwean politicians to make measured statements about the integrity of the polls, to avoid fuelling similar tensions.

In some parts of the country, things are close to boiling over. We urge politicians to refrain from making comments liable to incite people.

We also urge all candidates to use the proper legal channels if they wish to challenge the results.

Anybody who has evidence of irregularities can keep them to be filed in the courts.

We all have to wait until at least Monday, for Zec to finalise the tally.

Under Zimbabwean electoral laws, the commission has up to five days from the end of polling to declare the final results.

As a surge of anxiety about who won grows across Zimbabweans, we urge people to remain patient.

Zimbabweans must maintain calm and await the final results.

We are encouraged by remarks from President Robert Mugabe to pledge to step down if he loses the hotly-contested vote.

Yesterday, the PM described the poll as null and void.

We urge everyone to remain calm, give the commission time to release all the results.

We are impressed by the large numbers of people who turned out to exercise their democratic rights.

Zimbabwe can be credited with demonstrating a strong commitment to democratic elections.

The candidates, political leaders and their supporters should maintain the same calm and patience to allow the electoral commission to complete tallying of the votes, and to refrain from any pronouncements that could undermine its authority or cause tension.

A peaceful, credible conclusion to the election is within Zimbabwe’s  reach, and would be a significant step for democracy and stability.

Comments (5)

Well said.God bless.

trust - 2 August 2013

The rotten sh*t with the help of the Jews rigged this election again. God knows how he will run this country , maybe he will die soon and do us all a favor.

Peter Macklyn - 2 August 2013

let peace prevail Zimbabweans.the Winner is our legitimate leader accept

MHIRIZHONGA - 2 August 2013

Avoid Zbc altogether and rather go for 1st tv or baba jukwa. 2. Don't give an eye to Zanu pf or Mugabe. They add stress in life trying to justify what we know was flawed and evil. 3. Spent time thanking God and on prayer knowing that the so-called the elected ones, shall soon varnish as they appeared to have risen 4. Don't blame Morgan knowing that even the God of truth knows he is the chosen and he carries the promise and the wishes of the people. 5. Thank all progressive Zimbabweans esp Bulawayoans and some rural Manicas for remaining resilient in the times of adversity. 6. Strengthen fellow progressive mates by ignoring and refusing anything that this evil regime wants to impose upon us.

Henure - 3 August 2013

Having stolen the harmonised elections on 31st July 2013, whatelse, could he say?

Tapera Yemurai Choto - 3 August 2013

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