Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba said the death of 6 people on August 1 could have been avoided if the MDC-Alliance had allowed ZEC to announce presidential results.
Chigumba condemned the use of force which led to the loss of life. Said Chigumba:
The killings and shootings of 1 August are regrettable and the commission joins the nation in condemning the use of such force which led to the loss of life. It is the commission’s view that such action could have been avoided if the process of results collation and announcement had been allowed to take its course in accordance with the law. According to the commission, this action can only be attributed to the following things, firstly the deliberate disregard of the electoral law by some political parties. The country has a clear legal framework that governs the conduct of elections which provides when results of the presidential election are to be announced. However, in this case there was clear and deliberate flouting of the law by some political players who surprisingly are officers of the court but deliberately misled their supporters for political mileage.