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Date:02 Aug 2018
#ZimElections: President Mnangagwa declared winner of controversial elections

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has declared incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa as the winner of the presidential elections held on Monday 30 July.

After announcing results from all 10 provinces, ZEC stated that President Mnangagwa of ZANU-PF won 50.8% of votes, whiles his closest competitor and leader of the opposition MDA Alliance secured Nelson Chamisa secure 44.3%.

The results has been disputed by the MDC Alliance claiming the count can not be verified with Mr Chamisa insisting he won the presidential elections and further claiming that Zanu-PF was "trying to bastardise the result", something "we will not allow". An assertion the ZEC disputes.

Election Observers including the European Union and Commonwealth missions had earlier expressed concerns about the delays in announcing the results for the presidential votes.

President Mnangagwa took to twitter with series of tweets calling for calm and respect for the laws of the land.

“Though we may have been divided at the polls, we are united in our dreams.”

And added “this is a new beginning. Let us join hands, in peace, unity & love, & together build a new Zimbabwe for all!”

This is the first election held after the overthrow of former president Robert Mugabe and the first time in 16years that EU, Commonwealth and US election monitors into the country.


The president of South Africa in a tweet on Friday congratulated Mr. Mnangagwa and called on all those who disputed the results to seek redress through the law courts.

Turnout for the elections according to ZEC was 70%.

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