Zimbabwe rivals both say on course for election victory

Zimbabwe rivals both say on course for election victory

"We are however seriously concerned about evidence of interference. there is a deliberate delay in announcing the results".

ZEC chairperson Priscilla Chigumba urged Zimbabweans to disregard fake news results and wait for the official announcement.

"The atmosphere has remained peaceful" and the commission has not received any major complaints about the election, she said.

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.

"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)".

"We have won the election, we are now daring ZEC (Zimbabwe Electoral Commission) to announce the result".

The voting started Monday, with long lines forming at polling stations across Zimbabwe.

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

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.

Previously banned European Union election observers, present for the first time in years, said participation appeared high but warned of possible "shortcomings".

This comes after Zec acting chief elections officer, Utoile Silaigwana confirmed that the MDC Alliance presidential candidate had been reported to the police for holding an illegal press conference on Sunday at Meikles Hotel after the deadline for political campaigns.

"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 group of nations, mostly former British colonies.

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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