Results likely to be disputed by opposition
By Nsikan Ikpe
After days of waiting and outbursts of violence, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has finally commenced the release of results of the presidential elections held in the country recently.
With nine out of ten provinces declared, incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa of ZANU-PF had 2 147 505 votes to MDC opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa’s 1 929 704.
However, underscoring that it has indeed been a quite tight contest, opposition challenger, Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change led in several provinces. They include the Southern African nation’s capital, Harare, Bulawayo Metropolitan, Matabeleland North and Manicaland.
In Manicaland, Chamisa received 296 429 votes and Mnangagwa received 292 938 votes
In the Midlands province, Chamisa received 255 059 votes and Mnangagwa received 350 754 votes
In Mashonaland Central Province, Chamisa received 97 097 votes and Mnangagwa received 366 785 votes
In Matebeleland North Chamisa received 137 611 votes and Mnangagwa received 111 452 votes
In Bulawayo Metropolitan province Chamisa received 144 160 votes and Mnangagwa received 60 168 votes
In Matebeleland South, Chamisa received 90 292 votes and Mnangagwa received 107 008 votes
In Mashonaland East province, Chamisa received 189 024 votes and Mnangagwa received 334 617 votes
In Masvingo province, Chamisa received 117 196 votes and Mnangagwa got 319 073 votes
In Harare province, Nelson Chamisa received 548 848 and Emmerson Mnangagwa got 204 710 votes.
hile the tally from Mashonaland is still being expected, indications are that the opposition, which had already claimed victory, will be contesting the outcome.
Nelson Chamisa, MDC flagbearer