By Associated Press
President Emmerson Mnangagwa was this morning declared the winner in Zimbabwe’s landmark election, in an outcome set to fuel fraud allegations as security forces patrolled the streets to prevent protests.
President Mnangagwa, a former ally of Robert Mugabe, won 50.8% of the vote, ahead of Nelson Chamisa of the opposition MDC party on 44.3%, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said, declaring Mnangagwa as the winner.
Opposition MDC spokesperson Morgan Komichi denounced the Zimbabwe election results, saying the count was “fake”.
“The results that have been announced have not been verified by us… so the results are fake,” said Komichi, before he was removed by police from the stage at the official results announcement in Harare.
Zanu-PF party officials in the room cheered as the final result was read by ZEC chairperson, Priscilla Chigumba.
In Mashonaland West, Chamisa received 217 732 votes and Mnangagwa received 312 958 votes
MDC chair Komichi made an unscheduled intervention as ZEC prepared to announce results from the last province, saying that the results were fake.
A win for Mnangagwa was expected to leave Zimbabwe with deep political divisions, worsened by deadly rioting in the capital.
The death toll from street clashes Wednesday rose to six, with 14 injured, police said, and 18 people were arrested at the offices of the main opposition party amid tensions over a vote that was supposed to restore trust in Zimbabwe after decades of rule by Robert Mugabe.
There were conflicting accounts of who was responsible for the bloodshed in the capital of Harare, which followed opposition protests of alleged vote-rigging.
Police tried to disperse angry crowds with tear gas and water cannons, and then soldiers fired live rounds. While the military has been criticised for the crackdown, police spokesperson Charity Charamba blamed rioters, saying some were drunk and that they destroyed eight cars and 22 shops.
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
The ruling party and the main opposition group both declared on Thursday they won Zimbabwe’s presidential election ahead of an imminent announcement of the official result, deepening a political crisis that was worsened by deadly rioting in the capital.
President Mnangagwa casting his vote this week
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