Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75 has been declared winner of Zimbabwe’s first elections of the post-Mugabe era on Thursday.
Mnangagwa beat his closest rival Nelson Chamisa, 40, of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance by a margin of a little over 6 percent.
Mnangagwa took 50.8% of the total vote against 44.3% of Chamisa.
ZEC chairperson Priscilla Chigumba said Mnangagwa had received 2,460,463 votes (50.8%) against the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance’s Nelson Chamisa with 2,147,436 votes (44.3%).
However, Nelson Chamisa has since disputed the result claiming that his party had documented widespread rigging.
He vowed to lead national wide protests.
Results announced of votes for Mnangagwa and Chamisa, per province, were:
Harare Metropolitan (urban): Mnangagwa 204,710 votes; Chamisa 548,880 votes
Masvingo (rural): Mnangagwa 319,073 votes; Chamisa 171,196 votes
Mashonaland East (rural): Mnangagwa 334,617 votes; Chamisa 189,024 votes
Matabeleland South (rural): Mnangagwa 107,008 votes; Chamisa 90,292 votes
Bulawayo Metropolitan (urban): Mnangagwa 60,168 votes; Chamisa 144,107 votes
Matabeleland North (rural): Mnangagwa 111,453 votes; Chamisa 137,611 votes
Mashonaland Central (rural): Mnangagwa 366,785 votes; Chamisa 97,097 votes
Midlands (rural): Mnangagwa 350,754 votes; Chamisa 255,059 votes
Manicaland (rural): Mnangagwa 292,938 votes; Chamisa 296,429 votes
Mashonaland West (rural): Mnangagwa 312,958 votes; Chamisa 217,732 votes