The Zimbabwe election preliminary results were announced in Harare on Tuesday, as we get our first glimpse into the future of the country.
The nation went to the polls on Monday and may not have confirmation of the eventual winner – set to be either Emmerson Mnangagwa of the ruling Zanu-PF or Nelson Chamisa of the opposition MDC – until Saturday.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Chairperson Priscilla Chigumba revealed the first batch of results at a press briefing. She confirmed that these were in relation to National Assembly votes, rather than the presidential race:
“In terms of local authority, provinces are at different levels deciding their results. Some results have already been received.”
“Presidental results will only be announced once all votes have been returned from over 10 000 polling stations. Results must be announced no more than five days after the vote.”
Zimbabwe election preliminary results: Zanu PF strike early
We may still be on tenterhooks to find out who the next president of Zimbabwe will be for a few more days. But as the preliminary results filtered through, early indications suggested that Zanu-PF were enjoying the lions share of the votes:
It will be some time before the full preliminaries are in, according to Election Resource Centre Zimbabwe. Stick with thesouthafrican.com or follow the ERC’s Twitter feed for more updates on these results.