Zimbabwe electoral body says vote was fair; 1st results due from 3pm

Zimbabwe electoral body says vote was fair; 1st results due from 3pm

Zimbabwe electoral body says vote was fair; 1st results due from 3pm

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has said it found no "cheating" in the election, the first since former leader Robert Mugabe stepped down in November under military pressure.

According to a poll conducted in late July, about 98 percent of registered Zimbabwean voters said they were going to vote in the July 30 election.

Dozens of opposition supporters even gathered at their headquarters in the capital, Harare, celebrating in the belief that they had won the presidential election based on results they said they collected from agents in the field.

The MDC issued its ultimatum after election authorities delayed the release of the first official figures, despite previously agreeing to bring the timings forward in an attempt to...

"The announcement of election results by unofficial sources has the potential to mislead the public and create unnecessary political emotions".

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.

Of the seven constituency results announced for the National Assembly seats, Zanu-PF received six and the MDC Alliance one.

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Nearly 5.7 million registered to vote in the election that had 23 candidates vying for the presidency and 130 political parties running for Parliament and council.

If no presidential candidate wins more than 50 per cent of the vote, a runoff will be held September 8.

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

However, it noted problems with implementation, saying the election commission at one point allotted more registration kits to rural areas and fewer to urban areas.

NewsDay reported on Tuesday that ZEC provincial elections officer, Maxwell Ncube, stating 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 Zimbabwe Electoral Commission says it will release the final tally within five days.

The first election results are expected Tuesday afternoon. "We have done an impossible thing". "People are looking for that".

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