The MDC leader was dealt a blow when the earliest batch of votes were declared on Tuesday evening and finalised by Wednesday morning. The ruling Zanu-PF party are on course to retain their Parliamentary majority.
Zimbabwe election results so far
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced a total of 152 declared results for the National Assembly. Of the 152, Zanu-PF won 109 seats, while the MDC Alliance got 41 seats. The National Patriotic Front (NPF) and an independent candidate make up the remaining two votes.
It’s not exactly curtains for the MDC, however. The race for the Senate is different to the actual presidential poll. Emmerson Mnangagwa and Nelson Chamisa are still to learn which one of them has pulled in the majority of the votes.
Nelson Chamisa’s “fake election” claims
Chamisa, though, is not taking these results lightly. He claims that these Parliamentary figures are a strategy being devised to prepare the public for “fake presidential results” – by announcing that Zanu-PF have a majority in the National Assembly, the MDC leader believes it’ll be easier to lie about an Mnangagwa victory:
What will happen in the presidential vote?
The presidential vote is expected to be much closer than what we’ve seen in the one for seats in Parliament. The face-off between the ruling party and their main opposition has been too close to call over the last few days.
Neither candidate has been shy about declaring victory, either. Both Mnangagwa and Chamisa claimed on Tuesday they had seen the results and it was good news for both of them. All we know for sure is that one of them is lying.