Mnangagwa wins second term with 52.6%, opposition rejects results

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa is the winner of the 2023 election, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has declared. 

Mnangagwa won 52.6% of the vote, a total of 2,350,711 votes, to beat rival Nelson Chamisa, who won 1,967,343 votes, or 44% of the vote.

In 2018, Mnangagwa got 50.6%, while Chamisa polled 44.3%

In 2018, Mnangagwa won 2,456,010 votes, which is 105,299 more than what he got this time. Chamisa won 2,151,927 votes in 2018, and this time he has polled 184,584 less. 

The total number of valid votes was 4,468,668, ZEC chair Priscilla Chigumba said. Voter turnout was 68.9%.

ZANU PF won 136 seats over the CCC’s 73. The CCC denied the ruling party the two-thirds majority it desired after a strong showing in Mat North and South. In 2018, ZANU PF won 145 seats while the MDC-A got 63.

Mnangagwa’s win is being rejected by the CCC, which says the vote was manipulated and that ZANU PF intimidated voters. 

Observers, including SADC and the EU, on Friday said aspects of the election process had fallen short of standards.