Zimbabwe’s recent election has stirred up controversy, as opposition leader Nelson Chamisa contested the official re-election of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Despite international observers raising concerns about the democratic standards of the election, Mnangagwa secured a second term with 52.6% of the votes, while Chamisa received 44%, according to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).
Chamisa, who leads the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), vehemently refused to accept the results, labeling them as “false.”
“We have won this election. We are the leaders. We are even surprised why Mnangagwa has been declared a leader,” Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor who heads the CCC, told a press conference in the capital Harare.
He boldly declared victory in a press conference, challenging Mnangagwa’s legitimacy.
The election, held over two days, was marred by delays and accusations of rigging and voter suppression from the opposition.
Chamisa criticized the election process, citing issues with the voter registration, a flawed voters roll, and an unfair electoral environment.
Mnangagwa, on the other hand, urged those with concerns to address them through legal channels.
The international community also voiced concerns about the election, with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calling for disputes to be resolved through established legal channels.
Despite criticism from foreign observer missions, Mnangagwa expressed gratitude to the election observers and asserted Zimbabwe’s democracy.
However, political analyst Rejoice Ngwenya suggests that the CCC has valid grounds to challenge the outcome in court.
The election’s aftermath has left some citizens disillusioned, while others accept the results as the decision of the majority. Mnangagwa secured victory by receiving more than 2.3 million votes, avoiding a run-off.
With voter turnout at 69%, Zimbabwe continues to grapple with the aftermath of a contentious election.