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

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

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

Millions of Zimbabweans waited in line for hours to cast their vote in a historic election that, for the first time did not have long time ruler President Robert Mugabe on the ballot. Under Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe has said it wants to rejoin the group.

'Expression of freedom and democracy'?

Polls closed at 7pm (6pm BST) on Monday evening.

Mnangagwa, 75, has promised change and is the clear front-runner benefitting from tacit military support, loyal state media and ruling party control of government resources.

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

Zimbabwe's generals shocked the world previous year when they seized control and ushered Mnangagwa into power after Mugabe allegedly groomed his wife to succeed him.

Zimbabweans are awaiting the first results from an election that they hope will lift the country out of economic and political stagnation after decades of rule by former leader Robert Mugabe.

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.

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

The new government will face tackling mass unemployment and an economy shattered by the seizure of white-owned farms under Mugabe, the collapse of agriculture, hyperinflation and an investment exodus.

"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.

Previously solid health and education services are in ruins and millions have fled overseas.

Mugabe showed up in Harare to vote.

"We want these degrees we hold to be put to use and for our kids to appreciate the value of education".

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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