Vote count underway in Zimbabwe

31 July, 2018, 22:57 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Mugabe says he will not vote for successor Mnangagwa

"We are however seriously concerned about evidence of interference. there is a deliberate delay in announcing the results".

"The atmosphere has remained peaceful" and the commission has not received any major complaints about how the election was conducted, chief Priscilla Chigumba told reporters.

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Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, in red tie, shown en route to cast a vote Monday, is a lawyer and pastor who is Mnangagwa's main competitor. 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.

"By the end of the day today we should be very clear as to an emphatic voice for change, the new, and the young - I represent that", Chamisa said as he voted in Harare, surrounded by vocal supporters. The election was the first since longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down in November under military pressure and former confidante Emmerson Mnangagwa took power.

Zimbabwean civil society groups said this afternoon they were working on a court application to force the electoral commission to get all polling stations to publish results.

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A voter in Harare said Zimbabwe is eager to hear the election results as soon as possible.

Vote counting at a polling station in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on Monday.

Chigumba says the electoral commission has five days to release the final tally and expects to do so within that time period.

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

During Mugabe's rule, national elections were overshadowed by repeated voting procedure violations and the suppression of the opposition.

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.

Nearly 5.7 million registered to vote in the election that had 23 candidates vying for the presidency and 130 political parties running for Parliament and council.

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