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Ruling ZANU-PF party is leading with
majority of Zimbabwe parliamentary seats

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- According to the result so far announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Tuesday night, the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party has won 36 of the 48 National Assembly seats announced.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) alliance has garnered 11 seats and the National Patriotic Front (NPF) has won one.

ZEC said it would continue to announce more results Wednesday morning as the result of 162 seats out of a total of 210 National Assembly seats has yet to be declared.

But the result of the presidential segment of the poll, in which incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa and MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa are the main contenders, will only be announced when counting throughout the country is completed, ZEC said.

Under the law, ZEC should declare all the election results no later than Saturday.

A total of 5.6 million Zimbabweans were registered to choose their president, National Assembly members and councilors on Monday in the first election since former President Robert Mugabe was removed from his position last year.
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EARLIER REPORTS:

Zimbabwe elections management body releases initial results

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on Tuesday released the first batch of results for seven parliamentary constituencies showing the ruling ZANU-PF party winning six of the seats and the opposition MDC Alliance getting one.

There are a total of 210 parliamentary constituencies.

ZEC chairperson Priscilla Chigumba said they will continue to announce the results as they become ready.

Results for the presidential election are expected by Aug. 4.
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Zimbabwe president says information on vote "extremely positive"

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Tuesday he was delighted by the "extremely positive" information on Monday’s vote, the first since the resignation of former president Robert Mugabe.

"I am delighted by the high turnout and citizen engagement so far. The information from our representatives on the ground is extremely positive! Waiting patiently for official results as per the constitution," Mnangagwa said in a tweet.

His main challenger Nelson Chamisa of the MDC Alliance also exuded confidence of winning the polls.

"Winning resoundingly...We now have results from the majority of the over 10,000 polling stations. Awaiting ZEC to perform their constitutional duty to officially announce the people’s election results and we are ready to form the next government," he said on Twitter.

Vote counting is currently underway with official results expected by weekend.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said figures of voter turnout in four of the country’s 10 provinces recorded was between 60 percent and 75 percent.
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Voting ends peacefully in Zimbabwe’s first post-Mugabe election

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Polling closed Monday night in Zimbabwe with election authorities reporting high voter turnout throughout the country.

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) commissioner Qubani Moyo said voting went on smoothly and peacefully around the country, with vote counting expected to start soon after closing of polls at 7 p.m.

"We have received positive feedback in terms of high turnout in provinces. People voted in peace and tranquility and we had very few incidences or anomalies being recorded in the voting process," Moyo said.

He said results of National Assembly and local authority elections were expected to start from early Tuesday morning while presidential results are expected by Aug. 4.

Polling stations opened at 7 a.m. with long queues characterizing most polling stations in an election in which voters were electing the president, members of parliament and local government representatives.

A record 23 candidates are taking part in the presidential vote.

However, the election mainly pits incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa against opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa, both of whom have promised to focus on the country’s ailing economy if elected.

Mnangagwa cast his ballot Monday morning in Kwekwe, in his home province of Midlands.

His main rival Chamisa also cast his vote in the capital Harare.

Mnangagwa told reporters soon after casting his vote that Zimbabwe was enjoying an unprecedented democratic space.

He also said former president Robert Mugabe was entitled to express his views.

Mugabe, who resigned in November last year following a military intervention, said Sunday he will vote for the opposition, dumping the ruling ZANU-PF party which he founded in 1963.

"I can assure you that this country is enjoying democratic space which has never been experienced before.

The former president has his right to express his views," Mnangagwa said.

Mugabe, whom was accompanied by his wife Grace and daughter Bona Chikore, cast his vote at Mhofu Primary School in Harare.

Several people interviewed by Xinhua said they hoped that the elections would usher in a new era where the economy thrives and Zimbabweans enjoy a higher quality of life.

Katsande of Bluff Hill, Harare West constituency, said he arrived at the polling station at a nearby school at 4 a.m., although polling would start at 7.

"I wanted to be early and was the first to arrive here. I am excited about casting my vote," he said.

Chiwada of Kuwadzana, Harare West constituency, said he hoped that whoever won the elections should honor their promises to the electorate.

"They gave us lots of promises and we are voting for them in good faith. I hope they will do the same and ensure that those promises come to fruition," he said.

In an effort to demonstrate openness, Zimbabwe invited more than 60 countries and key international organizations to observe the elections. The Commonwealth, European Union, African Union, SADC and COMESA have sent observer groups to Zimbabwe.

There are 5.6 million people who registered to vote in the polls.
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