Zimbabwe: 2008 Presidential election results - first round

Updated May 2008

The election was held on the 29 March 2008. The results were announced by the chief electoral officer on 2 May 2008 (Veritas 2008).

The Movement for Democratic Change - Tsvangirai (MDC-T) objected to the results claiming that, according to their projections (see Post-election - parallel vote tabulations) their candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai, had won outright (AFP 2008).

The Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13 as amended, 110) requires that, since no candidate won an absolute majority, a run-off be held between the two candidates that obtained the most votes, in this case Morgan Tsvangirai and Robert Mugabe.

Voting statistics

Registered voters 5 934 768
Total votes 2 537 240
% Turnout 42.75
Valid votes 2 497 265
Spoilt ballots 39 975
% Spoilt ballots 1.58

Table sources

ZESN 2008.
2008 Elections voter registration

Election results

Candidate Party Votes % votes
Tsvangirai, Morgan Movement for Democratic Change - Tsvangirai 1 195 562 47.87
Mugabe, Robert Gabriel Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front 1 079 730 43.24
Makoni, Herbert Stanley Simba Independent 207 470 8.31
Towungana, Langton Independent 14 503 0.58
Total 2 497 265 100.00

Table sources

ZESN 2008.

References

AFP 2008 "Zimbabwe opposition chief wins election, no overall majority", [www] http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hWVFppVzOfX3ie8Z_2az-xAnQ9hg [opens new window] (accessed 5 May 2008).

ELECTORAL ACT CHAPTER 2:13, incorporates all amendments until SI 85/2013, [www] http://www.veritaszim.net/sites/veritas_d/files/Electoral%20Act%20consolidated%20as%20at%2022%20June%202013.docx [MS Word] (accessed 24 Jul 2013).

VERITAS 2008, "Bill Watch 18/2008, 3rd May", [www] http://www.kubatana.net/html/archive/legisl/080502veritas.asp?sector=LEGISL [opens new window] (accessed 7 May 2008).

ZESN 2008, "Statement on the Announcement of Presidential Results and Presidential Run-Off", [www] http://www.zesn.org.zw/publications/publication_184.doc [MS Word document] (accessed 5 May 2008).