Incumbent Zimbabwe President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has won the country’s presidential poll with 50.8% votes, making him the first democratically elected president to succeed longtime leader president Robert Mugabe.
Mnangagwa amassed 2,460.463 votes compared to his rival Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Alliance who got 2,147.436 (44.3%).
Announcing the results, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Priscilla Chigumba said, “Mnangagwa Emmerson Dambudzo Zanu PF 2,460.463 votes, 50.8% … Nelson Chamisa MDC Alliance votes received 2,147.436 which constitutes 44.3% of the poll. Votes received by Mnangagwa Emmerson Dambudzo of Zanu PF party are more than half the number of votes cast in the presidential election. Therefore Mnangagwa Emmerson Dambudzo of Zanu PF party is therefore duly declared elected President of the Republic of Zimbabwe with effect from the 3rd of August 2018.”
Mnangagwa’s election agent, Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, said Mnangagwa’s win was an indication that he has the support of the local people.
“I believe that Zanu PF will outlive Robert Mugabe and will be here governing for many, many years to come.”
The opposition MDC Alliance immediately rejected the election of Mnangagwa, who became president in a defacto military coup last November.
Chamisa’s presidential campaign manager, Morgen Komichi, said the results did not reflect the will of the people.