Zimbabwe says election is clean; opposition is skeptical

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa attends the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg South Africa Friday

Mugabe says he will not vote for successor Mnangagwa

"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. The historic election is the first since the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe.

"I am not shy to say I voted for Chamisa".

Former Minister for higher education Jonathan Moyo tweeted despite polling stations showing a 60 percent win so far for MDC's Nelson Chamisa, no results were forthcoming. "He is young and can understand our plight as youth", said Ndumiso Nyoni, 20, a worker at a lodge in Lupane, southern Zimbabwe.

Mugabe, 94, whose authoritarian regime held power via fraud-riddled and violent elections, voted at his customary polling station in Harare alongside his wife Grace after a surprise press conference at his home on Sunday when he called for voters to reject Zanu-PF.

Former Zimbabwean Leader President Robert Mugabe casts his vote at a polling station in Harare.

Officials on Tuesday counted votes a day after millions of Zimbabweans peacefully cast their votes in a process closely watched by global monitors, who have yet to announce whether the election was free and fair.

July's elections mark the first time the European Union and United States election monitors have been allowed into the country in years.

Nelson Chamisa center head of the MDC opposition alliance arrives for a rally in Chitungwiza about 30 kilometres east of the capital Harare Thursda
Nelson Chamisa center head of the MDC opposition alliance arrives for a rally in Chitungwiza about 30 kilometres east of the capital Harare Thursda

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.

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

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.

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

In Harare, 32-year-old finance graduate Tinashe Dongo said he wanted "change" following Monday's vote.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said it had so far released results for seven parliament seats out of 210.

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