Nelson Chamisa of MDC takes early lead in Zimbabwe election
A voter casting her vote earlier yesterday

Nelson Chamisa of MDC takes early lead in Zimbabwe election

Zimbabwe’s opposition presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa claimed to be “winning resoundingly” in his bid to unseat incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the first post Robert Mugabe election.

Nelson Chamisa made the claim in an early morning tweet Tuesday as official results of the election held Monday were being awaited.

“Winning resoundingly…We now have results from the majority of the over 10 000 polling stations. We’ve done exceedingly well. Awaiting ZEC to perform their constitutional duty to officially announce the people’s election results and we are ready to form the next gvt.” Chamisa, a lawyer and member of parliament said in his Twitter message.

Chamisa added that he was waiting for the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to “perform their constitutional duty to officially announce the people’s election results” and said his MDC Alliance party was ready to form Zimbabwe’s next government.

There’s been no report from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), other than an earlier press conference where elections chief Priscilla Chigumba said 70 percent of all registered voters went to the polls.

Turnout was very high in this first election since former president Robert Mugabe left the office he held for 37 years, and reports from Harare and beyond described long and sometimes frustrating lines.

The main contenders to take the presidency are incumbent president Emmerson Mnangagwa (ED), of Mr Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party, and opposition leader Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance.

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President ED Mnangagwa also remained positive about the results “Good morning Zimbabwe. I am delighted by the high turnout and citizen engagement so far. The information from our reps on the ground is extremely positive! Waiting patiently for official results as per the constitution.”

End|Vuguvugu Online

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