President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been announced as winner of Zimbabwe’s July 30 presidential elections. The 75 year-old leader polled 50.8 per cent of votes as against 44.3 per cent polled by his closest challenger Nelson Chamisa of the MDC Alliance..
Zimbabwe electoral rule says a candidate needs to win 50 per cent plus one vote to clinch the presidency.
In the final result declared by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, Chamisa won 2,147,437 and Mnangagwa led with 2,460,463 .
Before the result of the last province of Mashonald West was added, Chamisa had 1,921,714 votes, while Mnangagwa got 2,147,628 votes.
Mashonaland West was the stronghold of former leader, Robert Mugabe, who urged voters on Sunday to snub Mnangagwa and other members of ZANU-PF as punishment for toppling his administration last November in a military coup.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe opposition MDC Alliance said the election of President Emmerson Mnangagwa was based on a fake result and that it would challenge it in court.
Moments before the official announcement, MDC spokesman Morgan Komichi denounced the vote count as “fake” as he took to the stage at the ZEC results centre before being removed by police.
After Mnangagwa was declared the winner, he told AFP that his party rejected the outcome. “We will take this to the courts,” he said.
Police and soldiers were on the streets of Harare overnight, but there were no reported protests and few public celebrations when the results were announced after midnight.
“What they have been trying to do of late is to play around,” Chamisa, who claimed he won the popular vote, told reporters hours before the final results.
“That is rigging, that is manipulation, trying to bastardise the result, and that we will not allow.”
He took to Twitter on Friday morning to explain what he called the fraud and manipulation of the will of the people of Zimbabwe.
“The ZEC scandal of releasing unverified fake results is regrettable. ZEC denied our election agent access to results be4 announcement. ZEC must release proper & verified results endorsed by parties.The level of opaqueness, truth deficiency, moral decay & values deficit is baffling”.
Here are the complete results:
Nelson Chamisa MDC Alliance = 296, 429
Emmerson Mnangagwa Zanu PF = 292, 938
Nelson Chamisa MDC Alliance = 255, 059
Emmerson Mnangagwa Zanu PF = 350, 754
Mashonaland Central Province
Nelson Chamisa MDC Alliance = 97, 097
Emmerson Mnangagwa Zanu PF = 366, 785
Matabeleland North Province
Nelson Chamisa MDC Alliance = 137, 611
Emmerson Mnangagwa Zanu PF = 111, 452
Nelson Chamisa MDC Alliance = 144, 107
Emmerson Mnangagwa Zanu PF = 60, 168
Matabeland South Province
Nelson Chamisa MDC Alliance = 90, 292
Emmerson Mnangagwa Zanu PF = 107, 008
Mashonaland East Province
Nelson Chamisa = 189, 024
Emmerson Mnangagwa = 334, 617
Nelson Chamisa = 171, 196 votes
Emmerson Mnangagwa = 319, 073 votes
Harare Metropolitan Province
Nelson Chamisa = 548, 889 votes
Emmerson Mnangagwa = 202, 710 votes