Zanu-PF, MDC heading for tie
Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2008
THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission yesterday released more election results with indications that Zanu-PF and the MDC Tsvangirai faction are headed for a tie in the House of Assembly poll while the pattern of results in the presidential election show that none of the candidates will garner more than 50 percent of the vote, forcing a re-run.
ZEC had by 10pm last night released results of 160 House of Assembly constituencies with Zanu-PF and the MDC Tsvangirai faction continuing in a neck-and-neck contest.
Indications last night were that the two parties were likely to win between 96 and 99 House of Assembly seats each.
Analysts were projecting that this pattern of results was pointing to a run-off in the presidential poll as neither of the two presidential candidates was likely to achieve the 51 percent margin.
The Constitution states that if a winner in a presidential election fails to garner 51 percent of the total vote, a second round will be called within 21 days between the winner and the candidate with the second highest number of votes.
Zanu-PF had by last night garnered 78 seats, the MDC Tsvangirai faction 77 and MDC Mutambara faction five.
Twenty-five women, among them Vice President Joice Mujuru and MDC Tsvangirai faction vice president Thokozani Khupe, won their tickets to the House of Assembly.
Cde Mujuru won resoundingly in Mt Darwin West while Ms Khupe emerged the winner in Makokoba, Bulawayo.
Zanu-PF won most of its seats in rural Mashonaland, Midlands and Matabeleland South.
The MDC Tsvangirai faction won most of its seats in Bulawayo Urban, Harare, Manicaland, had a fair share of seats in rural Masvingo, especially the eastern side that borders with Manicaland.
MDC Mutambara won its seats in Matabeleland South which it shared with Zanu-PF.