Zimbabwe election: Mnangagwa and Chamisa both upbeat

| Updated Jul 31, 2018 at 11:05am

 

 

Zimbabwe is awaiting the results of its landmark elections, with both frontrunners saying they are confident.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa said he had received "extremely positive" information but opposition leader Nelson Chamisa said his party was "winning resoundingly".

Zimbabwe is electing a new president, parliament and local councils.

Monday's (July 30) vote - the first since long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe was ousted - attracted a high turnout of 75%.

The youth vote is expected to be key - with almost half of Zimbabwe's 5.6 million registered voters under the age of 35.

European Union and US election monitors have been allowed into the country for the first time in 16 years to assess whether the elections are free and fair.

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairwoman Priscilla Chigumba said she was satisfied there was no cheating.

"We will not subvert [the people's will]," she told journalists.

Previous polls have been marred by allegations of widespread rigging and intimidation.

SOURCE: BBC NEWS



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