Zimbabwe’s MDC Alliance says Chamisa beat Mnangagwa

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The electoral commission has to compile results from across the country (AFP image)

Zimbabwe’s opposition says its candidate, Nelson Chamisa, has won Monday’s presidential election.

The MDC Alliance says the ruling Zanu-PF party is attempting to rig the vote to allow President Emmerson Mnangagwa to win, and the delay in releasing official results is unacceptable.

The election commission has said there has been no cheating and it needed time to collate the votes.

The polls were the first since long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe was ousted.

Speaking at a press conference in the capital, Harare, the MDC Alliance’s Tendai Biti said there was a clear attempt by Zanu-PF to interfere “with the people’s will”.

Zanu-PF, which has been in power since 1980, has been accused of rigging elections in the past to keep Mr Mugabe in office.

However, a party spokesman told the BBC he had “no clue” what Mr Biti was talking about.

Monday’s vote attracted a high turnout of 70% and was monitored by international observers.

European Union and US election monitors have been allowed into the country for the first time in 16 years to assess whether the elections are free and fair.

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairwoman Priscilla Chigumba said she was satisfied there was no rigging.

“We will not subvert [the people’s will],” she told journalists.

Zec has until Saturday to announce the results but Ms Chigumba said she expects the announcement to be made well within that deadline. (Excerpts from BBC)

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