UPDATE: Mnangagwa Leads In Partial Presidential Vote Results

Zimbabwe's leading presidential contender, Emmerson Mnangagwa of ZANU-PF. PICTURE: Washington Times

HARARE: President Emmerson Mnangagwa is leading in the partial presidential vote results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

Zimbabwe’s electoral commission says President Emmerson Mnangagwa leads election returns with nine of 10 provinces announced, but it has requested an hour’s break before the final announcement.

Mnangagwa leads with 2.1 million votes to 1.9 million for his main challenger Nelson Chamisa, whose strongholds in the cities of Harare and Bulawayo have already been counted.

Commission chair Priscilla Chigumba says officials will return to announce results from the 10th province, Mashonaland West. The province is considered a stronghold of the ruling ZANU-PF party.

The results breakdown in each province are as follows: 

In Harare province, Nelson Chamisa received 548 848  and Emmerson Mnangagwa got 204 710 votes.  In Masvingo province, Chamisa received 117 196 votes and Mnangagwa got 319 073 votes. In Mashonaland East province, Chamisa received 189 024 votes and Mnangagwa received 334 617 votes. 

In Matebeleland South, Chamisa received 90 292 votes and Mnangagwa received 107 008 votes. 

Zimbabwean opposition party Movement for Democratic Change Alliance president Nelson Chamisa speaks on the phone as he leaves after a press conference in Harare. PICTURE: AFP

In Bulawayo Metropolitan province Chamisa received 144 160 votes and Mnangagwa received 60 168 votes. In Matebeleland North Chamisa received 137 611 votes and Mnangagwa received 111 452 votes. 

In Mashonaland Central Province, Chamisa received 97 097 votes and Mnangagwa received 366 785 votes. In the Midlands province, Chamisa received 255 059 votes and Mnangagwa received 350 754 votes. In Manicaland, Chamisa received 296 429 votes and Mnangagwa received 292 938 votes. 

Results from Mashonaland province will be announced in an hour’s time, according to the ZEC chairperson, Priscilla Chigumba. 

This is a developing story…