Vote count underway in Zimbabwe

Minnie Murray
July 31, 2018

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.

The country's election commission was due to start announcing results at 3pm local time (2pm BST) but has yet to release any information on the presidential race.

Mnangagwa was the clear election front-runner, benefitting from tacit military support, loyal state media and ruling party controls of government resources.

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".

We give you updates of what is happening around the country as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission collates results and posts them to the central command centre in Harare.

A run-off vote is scheduled for September 8 if no presidential candidate wins at least 50 percent.

Under Mugabe, elections were often marred by violence, harassment and irregularities.

The election is Zimbabwe's first without Mugabe, who led ZANU-PF to power on independence from Britain in 1980 and clung to power for 37 years.


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

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.

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

"In African elections, often stakes are very high and nobody has a backup plan for losing", said John Dramani Mahama, former president of Ghana and head of the observer mission from the Commonwealth nations, mostly former British colonies.

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

More than 5.5 million people were registered to vote and turnout was about 70 percent.

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

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