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THE Ruling Zanu PF party retained the Mt Darwin West and Chirumanzu-Zibangwe constituencies after beating little known opposition rivals in the by- elections held on Friday.

Results announced by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) revealed that Zanu PF won the two seats with huge margins to maintain its dominance in the national assembly.

The two seats were left vacant following the elevation of former vice president Joice Mujuru and her successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa in Mt Darwin West and Chirumamzu-Zibangwe respectively to the position of vice president.

Although Mujuru has since been removed from government last year on allegation of plotting to assassinate President Robert Mugabe, she actually lost the seat when she was appointed the country’s VP in September 2013.

According to results released by ZEC, Barnwell Seremwe received 18,315 votes in Mt Darwin, against 303 votes for his closest challenger Kennard Fungai of Transform Zimbabwe while Ruenben Matigu of the National Constitutional Assembly of Prof Lovemore Madhuku got a paltry 216 votes.

In Chirumanzu- Zibangwe, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wife, Auxilia, polled an overwhelming 16,092 compared to 257 for Willboard Kanoti, an independent candidate.

Dehwa Gadzamoyo of the Good People’s Movement came third with just 86 votes followed by National Constitutional Assembly’s Munashe Mutodza who got 79 votes.

According to Zimbabwe Elections Support Network (Zesn) were held in a peaceful environment although “a lot needs to be done to improve”.

The independent election monitoring group which had deployed said there was continued use of voters slips which exposed the process to rigging.

The group said they also observed many prospective voters being turned away either for not being on the voter’s roll or turning up at a wrong polling station.

It said ZEC needs to “ensure that everyone is on the voter’s roll and ban the use of registration slip and improve the media coverage of all candidates as enshrined in the law”.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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