Zimbabweans desperately hope Monday's peaceful vote will lift them out of economic and political stagnation after decades of Robert Mugabe's rule, but the country is haunted by a history of electoral violence and manipulation that means trust is scarce, despite today's freer environment.
Zimbabwe's two rival presidential candidates on Tuesday both claimed they were heading for victory as votes were counted in the country's first election since long-time ruler Robert Mugabe was ousted from power.
Africanews journalist Nyasha Mutizwa is from Zimbabwe and she's has been following up on the polls with our men on the ground.
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'.
A run-off vote is scheduled for September 8 if no presidential candidate wins at least 50 percent.
"I am delighted by the high turnout and citizen engagement so far", Mnangagwa tweeted.
Chamisa said Tuesday on Twitter that his party had collected results from more than "10,000 polling stations" and was ready to form a government.
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Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, in red tie, shown en route to cast a vote Monday, is a lawyer and pastor who is Mnangagwa's main competitor.
More than 5.5 million people were registered to vote and turnout was about 70 percent.
In Harare 75% of the votes have been finalised while in Manicaland 56%, has been completed.
The ZEC boss said the announcement will be of what has come in and not of the election outcome.
Zimbabwe and the Commonwealth split in the early 2000s over the group's concerns about election-related violence and intimidation in the southern African nation. "He is young and can understand our plight as youth", said Ndumiso Nyoni, 20, a worker at a lodge in Lupane, western Zimbabwe.
It also found the final voters' roll was released too late to analyse it, the electoral commission dispatched more voting kits to rural areas than urban ones and the electoral laws had not been harmonised with the constitution. "We have done an impossible thing".
This woman just finished voting in Harare.