Both major parties in Zimbabwe – the ruling party Zanu-PF and the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change – say they have won Monday’s general election.
While major television channels covering the election indicate that with a percentage poll well over 70 percent being recorded on Monday, this would indicate the opposition party may well have the electoral edge.
Early results unofficially released on Wikipedia indicate that the MDC has swept 26 of 29 seats in the Harare metropolitan area. In Mashonaland Central Zanu-PF has won 13 of 18 seats. In the Harare area, Zanu has won just one of the 29 seats with two seats outstanding. Other areas of the country are still outstanding and the current results are unofficial.
In an unofficial result released by the Citizens Manifesto, it was reported that the MDC presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa was ahead in the vote. The unofficial results of about 300 polling stations around the country put Chamisa ahead of Emmerson Mnangagwa by 55.29% to 42.52%. The unofficial count put the vote at 113095 for Chamisa so far and just 71 391 for Mnangagwa.
Chamisa, who took over from the late Morgan Tsvangirai after he died earlier this year, is predicting an overwhelming majority. Referring to the results from 10 000 polling stations, he said: “(We are) winning resoundingly… we’ve done exceedingly well.” He said on Twitter he was ready to form the next government.The country’s electoral commission announced earlier that it would start announcing official results from 3pm this afternoon, but that has not materialised yet. The election commission chief Priscilla Chigumba said most of the 11 000 polling stations had completed their counting. Verification of the process was underway.
The incumbent ruler, President Emmerson Mnangagwa – who took power from Robert Mugabe late last year in a “soft” military coup – was also predicting victory on Tuesday.
He told eNCA that he was receiving “extremely positive” information about his party’s prospects.
Zanu-PF has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980, when Robert Mugabe swept to power in the first non-racial elections.
Mugabe, who called a press conference at his Blue Mansion in Harare on Sunday, said he would not be voting for the ruling party – but would back the main opposition MDC. This week’s poll is the first one in which Mugabe does not appear on the ballot paper.
Recently Mugabe acknowledged that the MDC had won the elections in the 2008 poll. Tsvangirai would have become president at that point – but the Mugabe regime then unleashed a storm of violence against opposition groups, including the MDC.
Tsvangirai chose to take the route of least resistance and opted to be prime minister instead. Mugabe remained President until he was toppled last November. The MDC was defeated in the last 2013 general elections – but these were widely viewed as rigged in favour of Zanu-PF. Tsvangirai lost his post as prime minister and the position was scrapped. In the 2013 election the MDC gained just 60 seats against Zanu-PF’s 210.
A complete set of results for the Zimbabwe elections is only expected by Monday 6 August. For interim results see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbabwean_general_election,_2018
In 2013 the presidential results were as follows according to Wikipedia:
|Morgan Tsvangirai||Movement for Democratic Change–T||1,172,349||33.94|
|Welshman Ncube||Movement for Democratic Change–N||92,637||2.68|
|Dumiso Dabengwa||Zimbabwe African People's Union||25,416||0.74|
|Kisinoti Mukwazhe||Zimbabwe Development Party||9,931||0.29|
The parliamentary election result was:
House of Assembly
|United Movement for Democracy||1,445||0.04||0||0||0|
|Alliance Khumbula Ekhaya||380||0.01||0||0||0|
|Progressive and Innovative Movement of Zimbabwe||351||0.01||0||0||0|
|Zimbabwe Development Party||145||0.00||0||0||0|
|People's Democratic Union||76||0.00||0||0||0|
|Zimbabwe People's Movement||70||0.00||0||0||0|
|Voice of the People||38||0.00||0||0||0|
|Source: Adam Carr, Election Passport|