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10:58, 01 August 2018

Zimbabwe election: Zanu-PF &#039has most seats&#039, incomplete final results show

Zimbabwe election: Zanu-PF &#039has most seats&#039, incomplete results show

Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF celebration has won the most seats in parliament, according to incomplete official benefits.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s celebration is poised to win a substantial parliamentary majority in Monday’s poll – the very first elections because long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe was ousted.

The result of the presidential vote is anticipated later on Wednesday.

Earlier, the opposition MDC Alliance said that vote had been rigged and that its candidate Nelson Chamisa had won.

A preliminary report by the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) observer mission says that the elections were carried out largely in accordance with the law.

EU and US election monitoring teams are to problem their reports later on Wednesday.

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The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has announced 110 seats for Zanu-PF so far, and 41 for MDC Alliance, ZBC state media reported.

There are 210 seats in the National Assembly’s reduce house.

Monday’s polls attracted a higher turnout of 70%.

State broadcaster ZBC has reported that the electoral commission will announce the presidential results at 12:30 local time (ten:30 GMT).

Opposition splits show in votes

By Pumza Fihlani, BBC News, Harare

Watching the outcomes trickling in from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) in the early hours, it became apparent that the ruling Zanu-PF had would have a majority in parliament.

Races in some constituencies have been so close that they could have gone to the opposition Movement for Democratic Adjust (MDC), had it not been split in between Nelson Chinamasa’s MDC Alliance and Thokozani Khupe’s MDC-T.

The MDC broke into factions soon after the death in February of its veteran leader Morgan Tsvangirai as his deputies battled over who his successor should be. In the polls that split showed. It is a lesson for the opposition that in future they not to drop sight of the bigger prize.

Meet the frontrunners:

Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zanu-PF

  • Recognized as “the crocodile” due to the fact of his political shrewdness – his party faction is identified as “Lacoste”
  • Accused of masterminding attacks on opposition supporters after the 2008 election
  • Believed to be 75 years old, he promises to provide jobs and is noticed as open to economic reforms
  • Survived many alleged assassination attempts, blamed on supporters of ex-President Mugabe.

The ‘crocodile’ who snapped back

Nelson Chamisa, MDC Alliance

  • His skull was fractured when beaten up by state security agents in 2007
  • Became an MP at 25, a cabinet minister at 31 and could become the youngest president at 40
  • A recently qualified pastor, he has been employing the hashtag #GodIsInIt for his campaign
  • Has promised to rebuild the country’s devastated economy, but has been criticised for making extravagant promises – such as the introduction of a higher-speed bullet train and bringing the Olympics to Zimbabwe.

The crusader taking on Zimbabwe’s ‘crocodile’

Published at Wed, 01 Aug 2018 09:37:08 +0000

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