Zimbabwe ruling ZANU-PF party wins elections: Electoral body

Results show President Emmerson Mnangagwa's ZANU-PF picking up 109 seats against 41 for the opposition

Zimbabwe ruling ZANU-PF party wins elections: Electoral body

Results show President Emmerson Mnangagwa's ZANU-PF picking up 109 seats against 41 for the opposition

01 August 2018 Wednesday 09:45
Zimbabwe ruling ZANU-PF party wins elections: Electoral body

Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party has won the parliamentary election with 109 seats, gaining a clear majority, according to the Electoral Commission.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party managed to win only 41 seats with results for 58 seats still to be announced, the election body said on Wednesday.

Monday's vote was Zimbabwe's first election since long-term President Robert Mugabe was pushed out of officelast year.

Reporting from the capital Harare, Haru Matasa said the rural vote was key in the elections.

"The way things are going it's looking like they're going to get the majority because of the rural vote," Matasa said.

"Everyone knew it was the rural vote that was key, the majority of people are in rural areas and since 1980 they have voted for the ruling party," she added.

According to Matasa, it will be crucial to see if the opposition parties will accept the results.

"The have said the election has been rigged, they'll go to court and are calling for protests in the streets," Matasa said.

The commission has not yet given any clarity on who might become the country's next president.

"It could be a few more days because election officials say they need to wait for all the results to come in from across the country," Matasa said.

On Tuesday, opposition leader Nelson Chamisa said he was "winning resoundingly" but the Electoral Commission denied his victory claims.

Hours later, President Emmerson Mnangagwa of the ruling ZANU-PF said he was "positive" of the election outcome.

"I am delighted by the high turnout and citizen engagement so far. The information from our reps on the ground is extremely positive!" Mnangagwa, 75, said on Twitter.

A presidential runoff will be held on September 8 if a candidate does not secure more than 50 percent of the vote.

Relatively peaceful elections

More than five million Zimbabweans registered to take part in the poll. The Electoral Commission said 1.3 percent of the registered voters could not cast their vote because they presented the wrong documents at polling stations.

Previous elections in Zimbabwe have been marred by intimidation and threats, but campaigning this time has been relatively peaceful.

Elections observers from the European Union and the United States have also been allowed to monitor the vote - the first time since 2002.

Twenty-three candidates, 19 men and four women, contested for the presidency - all first-time contenders.

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