2018 Elections: Zimbabwe’s ZANU-PF wins majority in parliament

Zimbabwe’s ZANU-PF wins majority in parliament

Al Jazeera

Results show President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ZANU-PF picking up 145 seats against 60 for the opposition.

Dambudzo Mnangagwa of ZANU-PF 2,460,463 votes
Nelson Chamisa of MDC-Alliance 2,147,436 votes

Harare, Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party has won the most seats in parliament, official results showed on Wednesday, as the vote count continued in the presidential race.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) results showed President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ZANU-PF cruising to a big majority after picking up 145 seats in a 210-seat parliament.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) alliance won 60 seats with results for 2 seats still to be announced, the election body said.

The NPF has won one seat and an independent candidate has won one.

With this result, ZANU-PF has won a two-thirds majority that would allow it to change the constitution at will.

Monday’s vote was Zimbabwe’s first election since long-term President Robert Mugabe was pushed out of office last year.

More than five million Zimbabweans registered to take part in the poll. The Electoral Commission said 1.3 percent of 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.

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

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