ZEC Announces Gokwe-Kabuyuni By-election Results
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on 28 August 2022 declared ZANU PF candidate Spencer Tshuma the duly elected member of the National Assembly for Gokwe-Kabuyuni Constituency.
According to the official results announced by Constituency Elections Officer Kudzai Nkomo, Tshuma garnered 10 727 votes while the Citizens’ Coalition for Change’s (CCC) candidate Costin Muguti polled 4 800 votes.
The by-election was held yesterday. The Gokwe-Kabuyuni seat fell vacant following the death of Leonard Chikomba who died in a car accident on 28 May this year.
Muguti once held the seat under the MDC-T ticket between 2008 and 2013 after defeating Chikomba but lost after serving for only one term.
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Posting on Twitter, CCC spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere lamented alleged electoral fraud but avoided directly blaming ZANU PF or ZEC for the party’s loss. She said:
This is not victory. It’s electoral theft. We thank the thousands of brave citizens in Gokwe who voted for change.
We’ve engaged the region & international community over the escalation of political violence. Security of the vote & voter are integral for 2023.
CCC leader Nelson Chamisa said the by-election was a learning moment for the opposition party. He tweeted:
A SALUTE TO BRAVE CITIZENS & CHANGE CHAMPIONS IN GOKWE KABUYUNI…This was a good fight, a learning moment and it’s a process. We’re doing well against all odds. We continue excelling. We must deal with fear, forced voting, and abuse of traditional leaders. We will WIN BIG! #