Zimbabwe presidential election too close to call

Nelson Chamisa

Nelson Chamisa

Mnangagwa, a former deputy president who fell out with Mugabe and then took over from him, has said his showing in the presidential polls was "extremely positive" while urging people to wait for official results. She says "the atmosphere has remained peaceful" across the country and that she has not received any major complaints about how Monday's election was conducted.

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".

Former Minister for higher education Jonathan Moyo tweeted despite polling stations showing a 60 percent win so far for MDC's Nelson Chamisa, no results were forthcoming.

Why are officials results taking so long?

"Vote counting is underway and we should be able to release the first results around 3pm".

The election is a two-horse race between 75-year-old Mnangagwa, a long-time Mugabe ally, and 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor who is vying to become Zimbabwe's youngest head of state.

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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.

At one polling station in the capital Harare, officials counted large piles of votes using gas lanterns and candles late into the night. The historic election is the first since the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabweans desperately hope Monday's peaceful vote will lift them out of economic and political stagnation after decades of Robert Mugabe's rule, but the country is haunted by a history of electoral violence and manipulation that means trust is scarce, despite today's freer environment.

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

Zimbabweans were also electing 210 members of parliament and more than 9,000 councillors.

"My main concern is the (electoral commission), it obviously has a preferred party", he said.

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