ZANU PF has enhanced its grip on the rural vote after retaining the Chimanimani Ward 16 council seat in a by-election held on Saturday.
The ruling party candidate Charles Chinamira amassed 1 589 votes against opposition MDC’s Erasmus Brightwell Murada who got only 231 votes.
MDC has since its formation in 2009 been finding it difficult to penetrate the rural vote with political analysts urging the party to up its game if it really wishes to dislodge ZANU PF from power.
ZANU PF has so far won the majority of by-elections that were held after the 2018 harmonised elections. This is happening when 2023, when another election is due, is fast approaching.
The party also blames its woes on the uneven playing field which it says is designed to give ZANU PF an unfair advantage.
Resultantly, MDC has vowed that there will be no elections in 2023 unless the country embarks on electoral, media, and political reforms.
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