Zimbabwe: Expect Results From 3.pm - ZEC

Arturo Kim
July 31, 2018

These were the first elections to take place after the three-decade rule of former President Robert Mugabe.

Priscilla Chigumba, the electoral commission's chairwoman, said voting proceeded peacefully and went well overall, with turnout ranging from 60% to 80% in areas where the data was available.

Africanews journalist Nyasha Mutizwa is from Zimbabwe and she's has been following up on the polls with our men on the ground.

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".

A run-off vote is scheduled for Sep 8 if no presidential candidate wins at least 50 per cent.

"I am delighted by the high turnout and citizen engagement so far", Mnangagwa tweeted.

The electoral commission says it found no "cheating" in Monday's election, the first since longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down in November under military pressure. Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has said he would lead peaceful protests if the vote is found to be flawed.

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

In Harare, 32-year-old finance graduate Tinashe Dongo said he wanted "change" following Monday's vote.

NewsDay on Tuesday reported ZEC provincial elections officer Maxwell Ncube stated that out of 113 784 voters who cast their ballots by 11.30am, 1 725 were turned away, as they did not appear on the voters' roll.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned of intimidation and threats of violence in the run-up to polling day, but said it was encouraged to see open rallies and peaceful demonstrations. Mnangagwa, the former vice president, was sworn in as Mugabe's successor. "He is young and can understand our plight as youth", said Ndumiso Nyoni, 20, a worker at a lodge in Lupane, southern Zimbabwe.

"My main concern is the (electoral commission), it obviously has a preferred party", he said. "Because people are not yet settled, they're thinking of too many things".

This woman just finished voting in Harare.

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