Emmerson Mnangagwa, the dictator who came to power in a bloodless coup last November which topped the 37-year reign of President Robert Mugabe, has “won” the presidential vote in the troubled country
The “result”, which has been disputed by Movement for Democratic Change Alliance president Nelson Chamisa, sees Mnangagwa declared winner by 50.8 percent. Chamisa got 44.3 percent.
Although Harare has suffered a wave of police and army directed violence against civilians – some of whom were violently protesting against what they viewed as election rigging – it was apparently quiet on Thursday night when the presidential “result” was declared.
There is no run-of, as the leading presidential candidate needs 50 plus one vote to win the presidential poll in terms of the Zimbabwe constitution. The result appears to be suspiciously manufactured – with just the right winning margin.
In 2008, then MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai won the most votes against Mugabe, but then the ruling Zanu-PF unleashed a wave of violence. Zanu-PF, the revolutionary party, has “won” every election since independence from Britain in 1980.
The 2008 poll saw an MDC upset in which saw it gained a parliamentary lead. Tsvangirai withdrew from the second presidential vote round and Mugabe remained on as president – with Tsvangirai joining a unity government as Prime Minister. Tsvangirai died earlier this year.
However, in 2013, Zanu-PF “won” the presidential and parliamentary election. At that election, most foreign observers were barred and campaigning by opposition parties was severely restricted.
Mugabe has publicly acknowledged that Tsvangirai really won the 2008 elections.
The Movement for Democratic Change Alliance chairperson said the count could not be verified. It is not clear whether the result can be overturned in the Zimbabwean courts.
While the polling was understood to be pretty much peaceful this time, there were countless reports of verification processes – particularly at rural voting stations – being well below par.
The SADC, the regional body which includes South Africa, said the election was free and fair.
Zanu-PF also won an overwhelming majority of the seats in the legislature, although the MDC improved its position by 15 seats.
The presidential result as released by the Zimbabwe Election Commission – and reported by Wikipedia – is as follows:
|Nelson Chamisa||MDC Alliance||2,147,436||44.3|
|Joseph Makamba Busha||FreeZim Congress|
|Timothy Chiguvare||People’s Progressive Party|
|Evaristo Chikanga||Rebuilding Zimbabwe Party|
|Melbah Dzepasi||#1980 Freedom Movement Zimbabwe|
|Peter Gava||United Democratic Front|
|Blessing Kasiyamhuru||Zimbabwe Partnership for Prosperity|
|Thokozani Khupe||Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai|
|Hlabangana Kwanele||Republican Party|
|Lovemore Madhuku||National Constitutional Assembly|
|Elton Mangoma||Coalition of Democrats|
|Noah Ngoni Manyika||Build Zimbabwe Alliance|
|Violet Mariyacha||United Democracy Movement|
|Divine Mhambi||National Alliance of Patriotic and Democratic Republicans|
|Nkosana Moyo||Alliance for People’s Agenda|
|William Mugadza||Bethel Christian Party|
|Joice Mujuru||People’s Rainbow Coalition|
|Peter Munyanduri||New Patriotic Front|
|Ambrose Mutinhiri||National Patriotic Front|
|Daniel Shumba||United Democratic Alliance|
|Peter Wilson||Democratic Opposition Party|
This result can be compared to the 2013 presidential election (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|
Meanwhile, the results of the directly elected seats in the House of Assembly for 2018 were released earlier this week:
These are the results for the House of Assembly in 2013.
|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|
Both the elected independent MPs had failed to win the ZANU-PF nomination for their constituencies.
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