Vote count underway in Zimbabwe

Vote count underway in Zimbabwe

With 5.6 million registered voters, full results of the presidential, parliamentary and local elections are due by August 4.

His announcement set off celebrations among party supporters outside the building, but no official results have yet been declared.

Asked on the credibility of the elections, Justice Chigumba said she is "absolutely confident that the elections were not rigged and we want to show the world that we won't steal or subvert the will of the people".

The ZEC boss once again applauded the high vote turnout in the country's first post-Robert Mugabe elections.

Nelson Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor, said earlier the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission was impeding voting in urban areas where he enjoys strong support, however, he reportedly gave no evidence to back up the claims.

Chigumba said most of the 11 000 polling stations have now completed counting the votes and only the verification process is underway. The victor needs more than 50 percent of the vote to win outright and avoid a run-off in September.

Nelson Chamisa greets his supporters
Nelson Chamisa greets his supporters

Under Mugabe, elections were often marred by violence, harassment and irregularities. Some people are quietly discussing unofficial results circulating on social media, while others openly argue that their political parties won Monday's election even though the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has yet to release preliminary results.

The contenders in Zimbabwe's vote must accept the results and "should look at the larger picture of success - a successful election for Zimbabwe", he said.

Former Zimbabwean Leader President Robert Mugabe casts his vote at a polling station in Harare.

Elections under Mugabe were marred by systematic fraud and often deadly violence but campaigning ahead of Monday's vote was relatively unrestricted and peaceful.

"While investors remain sceptical over whether Mugabe's former right-hand man has indeed turned over a new leaf, Mnangagwa's charm offensive with Western governments and businesses has at least given him a credible lifeline at the poll", said Verisk Maplecrodt analyst Charles Laurie in a note.

"It is unlawful to announce results because it is in direct contravention of section 60 (A) subsection B of the Electoral Act", she said.

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