What time will Zimbabwe election results be announced?

Priscilla Chigumba
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Vote tallying and counting starts immediately after the close of polls and results for council, parliament and president are posted outside each polling station.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) will announce winners for parliament in their constituencies.

However, results for the president will be announced at the commission’s headquarters in Harare – and could not be revealed for five days after voting.

This would be August 4 at the latest, although could be announced any time before then

A presidential candidate requires 50% plus one vote for an outright win.

There will be a runoff on September 8 if no candidate wins more than half the votes.

Every polling station will publicly display results for the council, parliament and president, but the law states only the collated results of the Presidential poll can only be announced at national level by the chief elections officer.

ZEC acting chief elections officer Utoile Silaigwana said: “The Presidential result is slightly different from the others because in terms of the law, the ward and the constituency results should be announced as soon as possible, but it is only for the Presidential election that it says must be announced within five days.

“So if election takes place on the 30th, as is going to happen, by the 5th day, which is on the 4th of August, the Presidential election results must be announced.

“But let me also say this because it is important for us citizens to know: five days is not a lot of time because we are using the polling station and the ward result to announce the result for the Presidential election, so it means even a polling station that is in the Zambezi Valley must count before the result is announced in full.”

To speed up the process, the results are taken to the ward election officer.

Once the results for the Presidential election are collated, the officer will transmit the result straight to the district elections officer, which will then be transferred to the National Results Centre for collation.

The results will not go via the constituency command centre, as they have in previous elections.

ZEC has cautioned the process may take some time as there are 23 candidates contesting in the Presidential election.

Results for the 210 members of parliament and local authority elections will go through ward, district and then provincial centres.

For the proportional representation seats, results will be calculated at provincial level using returns from National Assembly elections. – Story taken from Express News UK

Below is the Zimbabwe transmission of all harmonised elections results Route A

Below is the urgent transmission of presidential results Route B: