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Zimbabwean presidential election, 2002


Zimbabwean presidential election, 2002

Zimbabwean presidential election, 2002
1996 ←
March 9 - 11, 2002
→ 2008

Nominee Robert Mugabe Morgan Tsvangirai
Popular vote 1,685,212 1,258,401
Percentage 56.2% 42.0%

President before election

Robert Mugabe

Elected President

Robert Mugabe

A presidential election was held in Zimbabwe between 9 and 11 March 2002. The election was contested by the incumbent Robert Mugabe, Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai, ZANU-Ndonga leader Wilson Kumbula, Shakespeare Maya of the National Alliance for Good Governance and independent candidate Paul Siwela. Although Mugabe won, claiming 56.2% of the vote, it was the closest presidential election to date. Although the Organisation of African Unity described the election as "transparent, credible, free and fair", the conduct of the election was strongly condemned by the Commonwealth, Norwegian observers, Zimbabwean opposition figures, and Western governments and media. [1] Zimbabwe was consequently suspended from the Commonwealth for a year.[2]

There were 5,647,812 voters registered for the election; turnout was 55.4%.

Mugabe was sworn in for another term by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku on 17 March 2002 at State House in Harare.[3]


Candidate Party Votes %
Robert Mugabe ZANU-PF 1,685,212 56.2
Morgan Tsvangirai Movement for Democratic Change 1,258,401 42.0
Wilson Kumbula ZANU-Ndonga 31,368 1.0
Shakespeare Maya National Alliance for Good Governance 11,906 0.4
Paul Siwela Independent 11,871 0.4
Invalid/blank votes 132,155
Total 3,130,913 100
Registered voters/turnout 5,647,812 55.4
Source: African Elections database


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