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We will be giving you the results as Zec officially makes the announcements.

ZEC chair Priscilla Chigumba told reporters in Harare that vote counting was complete in most provinces and the first results would be announced from 3 p.m. (1300).

Mnangagwa was the clear election front-runner, benefitting from tacit military support, loyal state media and ruling party controls of government resources. "The atmosphere has remained peaceful across the country", she said.

She said she was confident there was no "cheating" and that the commission will respect the will of Zimbabweans: 'We will not steal their choice of leaders, we will not subvert their will'.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission put voter turnout as high as 75% in some areas.

A run-off vote is scheduled for September 8 if no presidential candidate wins at least 50 percent. The peaceful election was a break from votes marred by violence.

The ZEC boss once again applauded the high vote turnout in the country's first post-Robert Mugabe elections. Some people are quietly discussing unofficial results circulating on social media, while others openly argue that their political parties won Monday's election even though the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has yet to release preliminary results.

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"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 nations, mostly former British colonies.

At one polling station in the capital Harare, officials counted large piles of ballots using gas lanterns and candles late into the night on Monday.

"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)".

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

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission says it will release the final tally within five days.

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 vying for parliamentary seats.


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