The Zimbabwe elections ended with Mr. Mnangagwa being declared the second president of the nation after the controversial exit of former President Robert Mugabe. The Zimbabwe electoral commission declared Magwanga the winner after he amassed a total vote count of 50.8%, thus defeating Nelson Chamisa his opponent from the opposition who garnered 44.3% from all the 10 provinces.
Important Zimbabwe election updates
1. Who won?
The incumbent president garnered a total of 2.46 million votes against his opponent Chamisa who garnered a total of 2.15 million votes. This marked a milestone in the history of the country after the resignation of the former President Mugabe who had hung on to power for 30 years.
2. What caused the tension in Zimbabwe after the poll?
Before the announcement of the results by the Zimbabwe electoral commission, opposition leader Nelson Chamisa had declared himself victorious. However, when the parliamentary results were declared, it was found out that the ruling party ZANU-PF had won the majority of the parliamentary seats. The announcement led to the rise in tension between supporters of the country’s opposition and the ruling party.
3. Military involvement in voter unrest
The announcement of ZANU-PF’s victory angered supporters of the opposition who took to the streets of Harare to protest terming the elections a sham. A military team was deployed to settle the unrest that had broken out in the streets. This led to violence as the soldiers used their weapons to control the unruly crowd which only made matters worse as the demonstrators retaliated by throwing stones at the police barricades.
4. Aftermath of protests
According to Zimbabwe election news, the protests have led to the destruction of property and scores of casualties. There were six reported death cases after the feud erupted. The crude use of force by the military was condemned by the opposition who termed the move as unjustified and inhumane. The opposition headquarters were also invaded by the police who accused the leaders for inciting the protests.
5. Reconciliation talks
The incumbent president responded by stating that the civilians in the protest were armed. He however resolved to have talks with Mr. Chamisa in order to diffuse the crisis that threatened to bring the economy of the country to its knees. He also proposed an open investigation in order to bring the perpetrators of the violence to justice.
6. Delay in announcement of presidential results
There were delays in the announcement of the presidential results thus heightening the anxiety among the supporters. The Zimbabwe electoral commission was under heavy pressure to announce the results. Upon delays, this instigated the opposition to deduce that there was rigging of the results in favor of Mr. Mnangagwa.
7. EU and Commonwealth observations
It was a moment of history when the government allowed the European Union and Commonwealth to observe the elections. Reports from the EU show that here were incidents of voter intimidation, wastage of the public resources and media bias. However, they also noted of a significant improvement in how the elections were handled especially in comparison with the previous eras which were marred by violence.
Zimbabwe election results 2018
8. Parliamentary winning
The Zimbabwe electoral commission released he parliamentary results with Zanu-PF winning 144 seats, the MDC Alliance taking home 64 seats from the total tally from the seven constituting parties and one seat given to the National Patriotic Front which was formed by loyalists from the previous regime ruled by Mugabe following his resignation after the coup. Over 5 million voters had been registered to vote for the Zimbabwe elections with a total voter turnout of 70%.
9. Victory lap for incumbent President Mnangangwa
The incumbent took to Twitter in a press release statement that read “Thank you Zimbabwe! I am humbled to be elected President of the Second Republic of Zimbabwe. Though we may have been divided at the polls, we are united in our dreams. This is a new beginning. Let us join hands, in peace, unity and love and together build a new Zimbabwe.”
10. Incumbent President addresses Zimbwabweans
He gave peace remarks urging Zimbabweans to maintain the peace as the land as home to all of them. He then preempted discussions with opposition leader Mr. Chamisa in order to diffuse the tension that was slowly arising. President Mnangangwa called for an investigation into the protest that led to the death of six people, saying that those responsible should be brought to justice. He sent condolences to the families of those that lost their lives following the demonstrations.