More than three quarters of votes counted, results expected from 3pm- ZEC
31 July, 2018, 22:55 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
Estimated turnout was about 75% before polls closed on Monday evening after a peaceful day of voting.
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Priscilla Chigumba held a brief conference on Tuesday morning urging Zimbabweans to disregard the fake news results being circulated on social media and wait for the official announcement.
Africanews journalist Nyasha Mutizwa is from Zimbabwe and she's has been following up on the polls with our men on the ground.
Zimbabwe's historic elections looked in danger of slipping into familiar scenes of violence and chaos today after the main opposition party accused the electoral board of withholding results and demanded that its leader be sworn in immediately. The victor needs more than 50 percent of the vote to win outright and avoid a run-off in September.
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.
The opposition alleges, however, that voting results forms were not posted at more than one-fifth of the country's polling stations as the law requires.
Meanwhile, a monitoring group, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network, issued preliminary findings on the vote, noting improvements such as a biometric registration system that reduced the chances of fraud.
More than 5.5 million people were registered to vote and turnout was about 70 percent.
The opposition says results it has collected from around the country show "beyond a reasonable doubt" that Nelson Chamisa has won the presidential election. Mnangagwa, the former vice president, was sworn in as Mugabe's successor.
In Harare 75% of the votes have been finalised while in Manicaland 56%, has been completed. "He is young and can understand our plight as youth", said Ndumiso Nyoni, 20, a worker at a lodge in Lupane, southern Zimbabwe.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said it had so far released results for seven parliament seats out of 210.
"I think the best thing is they got to announce the results as early as possible so that everyone will be settled", said 65-year-old voter Chaka Nyuka in the capital of Harare.
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