Tense count in Zimbabwe as some election observers voice concerns

Emmerson Mnangagwa

Chigumba urged political parties to desist from announcing unofficial results.

She said she was confident there was no "cheating" and that the commission will respect the will of Zimbabweans: 'We will not steal their choice of leaders, we will not subvert their will'.

Chigumba said most of the 11 000 polling stations have now completed counting the votes and only the verification process is underway. Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has said he would lead peaceful protests if the vote is found to be flawed.

Mnangagwa also called on "citizens and candidates alike to exercise responsibility and restraint by patiently waiting" for official results.

The election commission has denied any allegations of vote rigging and said it had five days to release the results.

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

Zimbabwe's main opposition is claiming that voting results forms were not posted at more than one-fifth of the country's polling stations as the law requires.

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

Zimbabwe's electoral commission says it expects to start announcing election results from 3 p.m. (1300GMT) on Tuesday.

"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.

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

Counting had continued through the night after a strong turnout in Zimbabwe's first election without Mugabe, who was ousted by the military last year after 37 years in office.

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.

If required, Zimbabwe's 5.6-million registered voters would be asked to return to the polls to vote in a presidential run-off on September 8.

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