Mukupe concedes defeat to Biti
Despite pleas by Zec Chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba urging election stakeholders to desist from announcing results, many candidates were announcing in the form of congratulating their rivals.
#ThisFlag frontman Mawarire who was acquainted with surrogate political party POVO conceded defeat through microblogging site Twitter announcing Mr Jacob Mafume as a winner before Zec.
"With much respect and admiration I congratulate Jacob Mafume of the MDC Alliance on his win in Mt Pleasant ward 17 council seat. You ran well my friend and I wish you the best as you serve the people of Mt Pleasant and the city of Harare (sic)," wrote Mawarire on his Twitter account.
With much respect & admiration I congratulate Jacob Mafume @JMafume of the MDC Alliance on his win of the Mt Pleasant ward 17 council seat. You ran well my friend and I wish you the best as you serve the people of Mt Pleasant & the city of Harare. pic.twitter.com/aDY30HJYXU— #ThisFlag E Mawarire (@PastorEvanLive) July 31, 2018
Zanu-PF's Mukupe came out conceding defeat to one of the MDC Alliance principals Mr Tendai Biti, unwittingly announcing the results in the process. "Congratulations are in order to Tendai Biti for winning the Harare East seat. I trust and hope he will continue uplifting the lives of the citizenry. I thank those who stood with us during the tenure in Harare East. God Bless," wrote Mukupe on his Facebook page.
Congratulations are in order to Tendai Biti for winning the Harare East Seat. I trust and hope he will continue uplifting the lives of the citizenry in the constituency. I thank those who stood with us during our tenure. God Bless.— Hon Terence Mukupe (@tmukupe) July 31, 2018
Independent candidate Mr Temba Mliswa wrote on Twitter account declaring his sister Mary winner way before Zec's announcement. "Let me be the first to congratulate my sister, Mary on her emphatic win in Hurungwe West. I told you this is for dad and it is! See you in Parly (sic)," wrote Mr Mliswa.
Addressing the media in the capital yesterday, Justice Chigumba reiterated that candidates who were posting results were indeed breaking the law.
"All stakeholders are reminded that it is unlawful to announce results because it is a direct contravention of section 66 A (a) of the Electoral Act. The announcement of official results by undesignated persons have the potential of misleading the public and raise unnecessary political emotions," said Chigumba.
Speculation has been rife on social media since the voting processes were concluded and candidates have also fallen to the temptation of sharing information illegally.