Chamisa expects to win Zim elections

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Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC alliance leader Nelson Chamisa says after collecting results from more than 10 000 polling stations, his party expects to win Monday’s election.  However, it’s not clear how Chamisa’s claim, made on his Twitter account, ties in with the official vote counting process.  Chamisa and President Emmerson Mnangagwa are the main contenders.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission says there was a high turnout of 75% in yesterday’s vote. ZEC Chairperson, Justice Priscilla Chigumba says the election was peaceful, with no major incidents reported…

“The ZEC has ensured that the Zimbabwe electorate has been given the opportunity to exercise its constitutional right to elect its leaders. The voting atmosphere was peaceful throughout the country in our view. This is largely due to the presence of the Zimbabwe public police, who maintained order the public polling stations. ”

Meanwhile, as vote counting continues in Zimbabwe, credibility issues continue to be watched with a close eye. International observers have been criss-crossing the country to check there was no vote-rigging in yesterday’s election. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has reported a 75 per cent turnout, and expects to release the results on Saturday.

Leader of the European Union observer mission in the country, Elmer Brok says,”It is in all of us, you the media, and us as observers. People of Zimbabwe hope that there is no reason for any violence or intimidation and not accepting the elections. Therefore, it is very important that the loser must get a feeling that it was not unfair.”

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