ElectionGudie

May 31, 2005 Held

2,696,670
Voted
Zimbabwe

Republic of Zimbabwe

Election for Zimbabwean National Assembly

Results

47%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:2,696,670
Valid Votes:2,634,645
Invalid Votes:62,025

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front 78 1,569,867

59.59%

Movement for Democratic Change 41 1,041,292

39.52%

Independents 1 16,223

0.62%

Zimbabwe African National Union - Ndonga - - 6,608

0.25%

Zimbabwe Youth in Alliance - - 594

0.02%

Zimbabwe People's Democratic Party - - 61

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 50 seats in the Senate

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Executive President Robert Gabriel MUGABE
  • Head of Government: Executive President Robert Gabriel MUGABE
  • Assembly: Zimbabwe has a bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate with 66 seats and the House of Assembly with 150 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Executive President is elected by popular vote to serve a 6-year term.
  • In the Senate, 50 members are elected by plurality vote in multi-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms and 6 members are appointed *. In the House of Assembly, 120 members are elected by popular vote to serve 5-year terms and 12 members are appointed .**

* In the Senate, 50 senators are elected on a constituency system, 6 seats are appointed by the president, and 10 seats are reserved to traditional chiefs.

** In the House of Assembly, 120 members are elected by popular vote, 12 members are nominated by the president, 10 seats are occupied by traditional chiefs chosen by their peers, and 8 are occupied by provincial governors appointed by the president.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF)
    Leader: Robert MUGABE
    Seats won in last Senate election: N/A
  • Party: Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
    Leader: Morgan TSVANGIRAI
    Seats won in last Senate election: N/A
  • Party: Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU-Ndonga)
    Leader: Wilson KUMBULA
    Seats won in last Senate election: N/A

 

Last Parliamentary election:

  • This is the first time in three decades that the country holds elections for the Senate. President MUGABE abolished the Senate in 1987 and established a single-chamber parliament. This election will reintroduce the upper house in the parliament.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 12,746,990 (July 2005 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 5,658,624 (March 2005 )