Sunday, August 4, 2013

Zimbabwe: Mugabe wins poll with 61.09% of the vote

Zimbabwe's President has won the 2013 presidential election with more than 2.1 million votes. His long-time rival MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai came in second with over 1.1 million votes. Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Chairperson Rita Makarau said that of the 6.4 million registered voters almost 3.5 million cast their ballots in Wednesday's presidential poll. The three other candidates who contested the presidential election were Welshman Ncube (MDC) who got 92 637 votes, Dumiso Dabengwa (ZAPU) received 25 416 votes, Kisinoti Mukwazhe (ZDP) gained 9931 votes. Mugabe has been in power for 33 years. His Zanu-PF party is ecstatic about his win. Party spokesperson Psychology Maziwisa says the win shows that the people of Zimbabwe have spoken and clearly chose Mugabe as their leader. He says they will be celebrating all through the night. Maziwisa says they will have victory parties in all 10 provinces. Meanwhile, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangarai says his MDC party will use all legal, political and diplomatic means available to dispute Wednesday's poll. He says the disputed poll has plunged Zimbabwe into a constitutional, political and economic crisis. Source: SABC Get the latest news and updates on elections in Africa by following us on twitter @africanelections and like our facebook page

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