The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission says it will recount ballots cast in Mudzi South and Tsholotsho North constituencies following requests from losing Zanu PF candidates.
Former Information Minister Jonathan Moyo of Zanu PF lost to the MDC-T’s Rosemary Sipepa-Nkomo in Tsholotsho North. According to the initial count, Mrs Sipepa-Nkomo defeated Moyo with 4,874 against 4,646 votes.
In Mudzi South, Zanu PF wants to overturn results showing a win by former party member and prominent lawyer Jonathan Samkange, who took 7,879 votes ahead of Zanu PF candidate Eric Navaya’s 7,742.
Samkange was disqualified from the party after filing to participate in the parliamentary polls on an independent ticket as Zanu PF insisted Navaya had won the right to represent the party in their primary elections.
The prominent lawyer told VOA he has written to ZEC asking them to revoke their bid to open the sealed ballot boxes for a recount. He says the move is illegal
“I’m not against Navaya contesting the result but I’m against ZEC colluding with him to do what they are trying to do,” said Samkange. “This is against is against the law. Navaya should go to the courts and not this thing they are trying to do.”
Zanu PF won a two-thirds parliamentary majority in Wednesday’s elections, which are being disputed by the MDC-T.
Outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai told the media Saturday that his party's supreme decision-making organ, the National Executive Council, had agreed to reject the July 31 vote in total, adding his party will no longer work with President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF party.