Counting begins in Zimbabwe's first post-Mugabe election

Counting begins in Zimbabwe's first post-Mugabe election

Counting begins in Zimbabwe's first post-Mugabe election

Smaller wards in the urban areas are expected to be announced first while the rural votes make their way to the ZEC Centre at the Harare International Conference Centre.

"Overall (there was) a huge amount of voting - especially young people, mostly in a very good atmosphere, generally peaceful, which is positive".

Chamisa said he had his own results from most of the almost 11,000 polling stations, saying he would wait for the official tally.

"I am not shy to say I voted for Chamisa". 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.

Zimbabwe appeared to be heading for a contested result in the historic election, raising the likelihood of a bitter battle over allegations of fraud and malpractice from both sides.

Candidate Nelson Chamisa offered a tweet that was similar, saying his party is "resoundingly" winning.

At one polling station in the capital Harare, officials counted large piles of ballots using gas lanterns and candles late into the night on Monday.


ZEC chairwoman Priscilla Chigumba told journalists today: "We will not subvert [the people's will]".

Officials on Tuesday counted votes a day after millions of Zimbabweans peacefully cast their votes in a process closely watched by worldwide monitors, who have yet to announce whether the election was free and fair.

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

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

The two main contenders are President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former deputy president, and Nelson Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor who leads a coalition of opposition groups.

More than 5.5 million people were registered to vote in an election featuring a record number of more than 20 presidential candidates and almost 130 political parties.

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