We’re Winning Resoundingly. And Are Waiting For ZEC To Announce, says Chamisa

Emmerson Mnangagwa

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.

With 5.6 million registered voters, the results of the presidential, parliamentary and local elections are due by Aug 4.

Dozens of Zimbabwean opposition supporters have gathered at their headquarters in the capital, celebrating in the belief that they have won the presidential election despite the lack of official results.

"The atmosphere has remained peaceful" and the commission has not received any major complaints about how the election was conducted, chief Priscilla Chigumba told reporters.

Zimbabwe's historic elections looked in danger of slipping into familiar scenes of violence and chaos today after the main opposition party accused the electoral board of withholding results and demanded that its leader be sworn in immediately.

While the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has five days from the end of voting to release the final tally, the national mood is growing anxious partly because unofficial results are already swirling on social media.

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"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)".

Officials neared the end of vote counting a day after millions peacefully cast their ballots in a process closely watched by worldwide monitors, who have yet to announce whether the election was free and fair.

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

For the first time ever, Robert Mugabe has not been an election candidate in Zimbabwe. The victor needs more than 50 percent of the vote to win outright and avoid a run-off in September. The peaceful election was a break from votes marred by violence.

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.

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

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