Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Zimbabwe announces latest election results

Zimbabwe announces latest election results

Earlier, ZEC announced its first preliminary results.

Some local results from parallel parliamentary elections have been declared but ZEC chief Priscilla Chigumba said the presidential result may not be ready until Saturday.

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

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".

Zimbabwe's electoral commission says it expects to start announcing election results from 3 p.m. (1300GMT) on Tuesday.

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

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

Each polling station must post its results outside after vote-counting, she said.

A run-off vote is scheduled for Sep 8 if no presidential candidate wins at least 50 per cent.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned of intimidation and threats of violence in the run-up to polling day, but said it was encouraged to see open rallies and peaceful demonstrations.

Why are officials results taking so long?

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.

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

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.

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.

More than 5.5 million people were registered to vote in an election featuring a record number of more than 20 presidential candidates and almost 130 political parties.

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