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ZANU PF candidate David Musabayana has won the Wedza North parliamentary by-election with 9,000 votes.

The constituency became vacant following the death of former Deputy Minister of Water and Environment, Simon Musanhu.

Musanhu won the same constituency for Zanu PF with 3,915 votes in the 2013 general elections.

Constituency elections officer Staurt Zvavambire confirmed Musabayana’s victory after counting on Saturday. The vote was held on Friday.

He hammered rivals from little-known opposition parties after the MDC’s opted out of the vote as part of a wider boycott of elections to demand reforms they say would make the contests fairer.

Other candidates vying for the parliamentary seat were Chikukwa Mudzingwa of the NCA party, Tichaona Makara of Transform Zimbabwe and Precious Manhimanzi of the Freedom Party.

The constituency fell vacant following his death … The late Simon Musanhu

The election was conducted by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) at an estimated cost of US$2 million.

On 10 June, 16 parliamentary more by-elections are expected to be held around the country at a further cost of US$36 million.

Civil society organisations have also slammed the by-elections saying the process is transparent and very expensive at a time when the country is facing serious economic and social problems.

According to the Elections Resource Centre (ERC), each by-election is expected to cost US$70 per voter up from US$22 per voter in the 2013 harmonised elections.

“How it becomes expensive to run a house of assembly election alone as compared to the harmonised elections remains mysterious.

“ZEC must consider new methods of election management, which are cost effective, reflective of international best practices such as biometric voter registration, ICT based voter education and electronic voting,” the ERC said in a recent statement.

Source : New Zimbabwe