Early Zimbabwe election results puts Zanu-PF in the lead

02 Aug 2013 03:50
By Charles Tjatindi
HARARE, 02 AUG (NAMPA) – Early results in Zimbabwe’s harmonised elections released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) late on Thursday evening have placed President Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) ahead in the National Assembly elections with an overwhelming majority.
Voting took place on Wednesday.
Zanu-PF has already claimed 90 per cent of the constituencies in the populous Mashonaland West Province, with results from the remaining constituencies in the same province still outstanding.
While there was a close call between the ruling party and its main rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) in the Norton Constituency, Zanu-PF relegated the MDC-T to second place by an overwhelming margin in all other constituencies.
The ruling party also fared well in the Masvingo Province, taking the bulk of constituencies in that province.
The MDC-T, however, redeemed itself in the Matabeleland area, beating the ruling party in Bulawayo by similar huge margins.
The breakaway faction of the MDC led by Welshman Ncube, who is also vying for the country’s presidency, has been performing dismally in all constituencies whose results have been announced so far.
The party is yet to land a single win in the National Assembly race.
More results are expected during the course of Friday.