Zim rivals upbeat about poll results

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Zimbabwe is awaiting the results of its landmark elections, with both frontrunners saying they are confident.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa said he had received “extremely positive” information but opposition leader Nelson Chamisa said his party was “winning resoundingly”.

Zimbabwe is voting for both a new president and parliament.

Monday’s vote – the first since long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe was ousted – attracted a high turnout of 75 percent.

The youth vote is expected to be key – with almost half of Zimbabwe’s 5.6 million registered voters under the age of 35.

This election is also the first to allow European Union and US monitors in more than a decade.

Observers say the race between Mnangagwa’s Zanu-PF party, and Chamisa’s MDC Alliance, is extremely tight.

Both men are among 23 candidates running for president.

They both hinted at victory on Tuesday, but said they were waiting for the electoral commission to announce official results, which were due by Saturday at the latest.

They are running for the presidency for the first time, and need more than 50 percent of the vote to win outright.

Otherwise, a run-off election will be held on 8 September./BBC

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