As vote counting from the Zimbabwe’s historic Presidential and Parliamentary elections held on Monday July 30 continues, the elections body, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has released results from most of the constituencies, putting the ruling ZANU-PF in the lead.
Out of the total 210 constituencies, the commission has released results from 152 constituencies with ZANU-PF winning 109 seats and largest opposition party, MDC Alliance taking only 41. Another opposition party, National Patriot Front (NPF) won 1 and an independent candidate also took one.
More 58 constituencies are yet to be declared, but ZANU-PF only needs 140 seats to the garner the 2/3 majority in Parliament. Analysts anticipate the ruling party to slightly exceed the 140 seats.
But, is there a possibility that the opposition MDC-Alliance which has lost most of the Parliamentary seats to win the Presidential contest?
Well, the country will be waiting to see what the ZEC Chairperson, Mr Priscilla Chigumba will be announcing in a couple of days.
ZEC is mandated to declare the final results not later than August 4.
The general election follows the ousting of long time Zimbabwean leader, Robert Mugabe in November last year by the military. Mugabe was later be deposed as leader of ZANU PF and replaced with Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa was later nominated as the party’s flag bearer in elections in which more than five million Zimbabweans are expected to take part.
At least 23 candidates are part of the Presidential race although the stiff competition is between ZANU-PF’s Mnangagwa and MDC’s Nelson Chamisa.