HARARE – Zimbabwe’s government warned election candidates on Tuesday they faced prosecution and jail for prematurely announcing results of landmark polls after the main opposition MDC party said it had won.
“As a government we have noted with concern the actions and conduct of some political party leaders… who are openly declaring that they will announce results irrespective of provisions of the law,” said Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu at a media briefing in Harare.
“I am sure no one wants to provoke the wrath of the law and risk being sent to jail,” said Mpofu
Zimbabwe’s former finance minister Tendai Biti said on Tuesday his opposition MDC Alliance party will be forced to declare its own election results should the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission not release the results on time.
Biti told journalists earlier, that according to results from their agents, Nelson Chamisa is the new Zimbabwean president.