Harare - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has started announcing results of Wednesday's election with president Robert Mugabe's Zanu (PF) taking an early lead against arch-rival Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T).
As earlier reported by CAJ News on Thursday, Zanu (PF) is taking a clean sweep victory in the six of the 10 provinces.
According to official results announced to date, Zanu-PF has garnered 52 seats against MDC-T's 10.
Zanu PF made clean sweeps as they wrestled back their former strongholds of Manicaland where they won 22 seats out of 25 as well as all seats in Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Masvingo as well as the Midlands Provinces.
Although official results were yet to be made in the remaining provinces, CAJ News correspondents report that Zanu PF is poised to take control of Matabeleland South while in Matabeleland north the race was still wide open.
MDC-T reclaimed total control of Bulawayo while in the capital Harare it recorded a two-thirds majority.
Several MDC-T heavyweights such as former Economic Planning and Investment Promotion Minister, Elton Mangoma, party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora, former Home Affairs co-minister, Theresa Makone, Jameson Timba and Giles Mutsekwa lost their seats.
Zanu-PF national spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo, predicted a resounding victory for Mugabe in the Presidential poll.
He dismissed assertions Tsvangirai made on Thursday that the poll was a sham.
African Union and Southern African Development Community Observer Mission were due to pronounce their version once the overall counting was concluded, probably Monday.
“The turnout was good and the results are trickling in. Everything was peaceful, free, fair and credible.
"We are expecting a landslide victory with not less than 75 percent for His Excellency President Robert Mugabe," Gumbo said on Friday morning.
- CAJ News