Zimbabwe electoral body says vote was fair; first results due from 3pm

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     OUSTED Mugabe was removed from power last November in a military-backed coup

GETTY OUSTED Mugabe was removed from power last November in a military-backed coup

"We are however seriously concerned about evidence of interference. there is a deliberate delay in announcing the results".

The Zec chairperson, Priscilla Chigumba claimed that both presidential candidates had been reported to the police, while staying clear of earlier pronouncements by her acting chief elections officer. Some people are quietly discussing unofficial results circulating on social media, while others openly argue that their political parties won Monday's election.

She shares with us some insight on the historic election.

Zimbabwe's electoral commission says it expects to start announcing election results from 3 p.m. (1300GMT) on Tuesday. There will be a runoff on September 8 if no candidate wins more than half the votes.

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.

Vote counting at a polling station in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on Monday.

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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.

"Winning resoundingly. We've done exceedingly well", he said on Twitter after the landmark vote on Monday, adding "We are ready to form the next (government)".

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 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.

As well as electing a president, Zimbabweans were voting for 210 members of parliament and more than 9,000 councillors.

It also found the final voters' roll was released too late to analyse it, the electoral commission dispatched more voting kits to rural areas than urban ones and the electoral laws had not been harmonised with the constitution.

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