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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:

President

Candidate Party Votes %
  Emmerson Mnangagwa ZANU–PF 2,460,463 50.8
  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    
  Brian Mteki Independent    
  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    
Invalid/blank votes  
Total   100
Registered voters/turnout    
Source:

This result can be compared to the 2013 presidential election (Wikipedia):

President

Candidate Party Votes %
Robert Mugabe ZANU–PF 2,110,434 61.09
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
Invalid/blank votes 69,280
Total 3,480,047 100
Registered voters/turnout 5,874,115 59.24
Source: ElectionGuide

Meanwhile, the results of the directly elected seats in the House of Assembly for 2018 were released earlier this week:

Party Votes % Seats
Common Women Total +/–
  ZANU-PF     144      
  MDC Alliance     64      
  NPF     1      
  Independent     1      
Invalid/blank votes  
Total     210 60 270 0
Registered voters/turnout    
Source: BBC

These are the results for the House of Assembly in 2013. 

Party Votes % Seats
Elected Women Total
ZANU–PF 2,116,116 62.39 159 37 196
MDC-T 1,027,412 30.29 49 21 70
MDC-N 159,274 4.70 0 2 2
ZAPU 14,312 0.42 0 0 0
Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn 6,713 0.20 0 0 0
United Movement for Democracy 1,445 0.04 0 0 0
ZANU-Ndonga 1,152 0.03 0 0 0
FreeZim Congress 739 0.02 0 0 0
Alliance Khumbula Ekhaya 380 0.01 0 0 0
Progressive and Innovative Movement of Zimbabwe 351 0.01 0 0 0
Freedom Front 200 0.01 0 0 0
CTD 147 0.00 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
Independents[a] 63,011 1.86 2 0 2
Invalid/blank votes  
Total 3,391,581 100 210 60 270
Registered voters/turnout    
Source: Adam CarrElection Passport

Both the elected independent MPs had failed to win the ZANU-PF nomination for their constituencies.

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Chris Greenland 8/3/2018 2:21:55 PM
As part of an advocacy group, I had strongly advised that the elections could never succeed as being truly free given that 37 years of diabolical oppression has not been reconciled in heart and minds of humans in terms of a credible Truth Commission. Asking people to vote who feel "grateful" to a regime just to be alive is naive and actually reckless and irresposible. Also please see --- https://coginito.blogspot.com/2018/07/betraying-our-people-of-zimbabwe.html?zx=d4624a87e3d85daf
Peter Joffe 8/3/2018 12:14:07 PM
Joseph Stalin once said " IN A DEMOCRACY IT DOES NOT MATTER WHO YOU VOTE FOR, ALL THAT MATTERS IS WHO COUNTS THE VOTES"!! ZIMBABWE HAS BEEN PROVING THIS FOR 40 YEARS AND SADLY WILL CONTINUE TO PROVE THIS FOR THE NEXT 40 YEARS. ZIMBABWE IS A FAILED STATE AND WILL ALWAYS BE ONE.
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