Future of Zimbabwe in the balance as election polls close

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

"Overall (there was) a huge amount of voting - especially young people, mostly in a very good atmosphere, generally peaceful, which is positive".

She shares with us some insight on the historic election.

Chamisa said he had his own results from most of the almost 11,000 polling stations, saying he would wait for the official tally.

The election commission has denied any allegations of vote rigging and said it had five days to release the results.

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

Zimbabwean civil society groups said this afternoon they were working on a court application to force the electoral commission to get all polling stations to publish results.

Mugabe, forced out under military pressure, had declared he would not vote for the ruling party he long controlled and called Chamisa the only viable candidate.

"While investors remain sceptical over whether Mugabe's former right-hand man has indeed turned over a new leaf, Mnangagwa's charm offensive with Western governments and businesses has at least given him a credible lifeline at the poll", said Verisk Maplecrodt analyst Charles Laurie in a note.

She says she is confident there was no "cheating" and says the electoral commission will respect the will of Zimbabweans.

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The ZEC boss once again applauded the high vote turnout in the country's first post-Robert Mugabe elections.

ZEC chairwoman Priscilla Chigumba told journalists today: "We will not subvert [the people's will]".

Zimbabweans are awaiting the first results from an election that they hope will lift the country out of economic and political stagnation after decades of rule by former leader Robert Mugabe.

"My main concern is the (electoral commission), it obviously has a preferred party", he said.

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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