AllAfrica.com is reporting that the hotly contested election for the next president of Zimbabwe has been settled with incumbent Robert Mugabe being declared the winner. The results of the presidential election were announced by Zimbabwe electoral Commission chairperson, Rita Makarau.
“Mugabe received over 2 million votes – that’s 61.09 percent while Morgan Tsvangirai got just over one million votes 33.94 percent.
MDC leader Welshman Ncube came a distance third with just over 90,000 votes – 2.6 percent of the vote.”
On Wednesday, the integrity of the elections was called into question by the resignation of Zimbabwe Electoral Commissioner Mkhululi Nyathi.
Nomalanga Moyo writes:
“In his letter to the Commission, seasoned lawyer Nyathi said he had been forced to step down as a result of the unprofessional manner in which the whole electoral process was handled.
Nyathi wrote: ‘I hereby tender my resignation from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission with immediate effect. I do not wish to enumerate the many reasons for my resignation, but they all have to do with the manner the Zimbabwe 2013 Harmonised Elections were proclaimed and conducted.’
Nyathi, who handed in his letter on the day of the election, explained that his resignation was not so much about the poll result but rather, the failure by the electoral body to ensure that the process was legitimate.”
Read more at AllAfrica.com.