MDC 'have won' Zimbabwe election: senior party official

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     PURGED Grace Mugabe was expelled from Zanu-PF during the military coup

Early results from the elections - presidential, parliamentary and local - are expected later on Tuesday, and full results are due by Saturday.

"The announcement of election results by unofficial sources has the potential to mislead the public and create unnecessary political emotions".

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

Asked on the credibility of the elections, Justice Chigumba said she is "absolutely confident that the elections were not rigged and we want to show the world that we won't steal or subvert the will of the people".

"It is our view that the high voter turnout is indicative of sound voter education and publicity", said Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairwoman Priscilla Chigumba at a media briefing in Harare late Monday.

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.

Previously-banned European Union election observers, present for the first time in years, said participation appeared high but warned of possible "shortcomings" in the vote process. If no presidential candidate wins more than 50 per cent of the vote, a runoff will be held September 8.

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

Vote counting at a polling station in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on Monday.

Meanwhile, a monitoring group, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network, issued preliminary findings on the vote, noting improvements such as a biometric registration system that reduced the chances of fraud.

Mnangagwa also called on "citizens and candidates alike to exercise responsibility and restraint by patiently waiting" for official results.

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.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission says it will release the final tally within five days.

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