Millions of Zimbabweans waited in line for hours to cast their vote in a historic election that, for the first time did not have long time ruler President Robert Mugabe on the ballot.
"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.
Africanews journalist Nyasha Mutizwa is from Zimbabwe and she's has been following up on the polls with our men on the ground.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has said it found no "cheating" in the election, the first since former leader Robert Mugabe stepped down in November under military pressure. If no presidential candidate wins more than 50 per cent of the vote, a runoff will be held September 8.
Nearly 5.7 million registered to vote in the election that had 23 candidates vying for the presidency and 130 political parties running for Parliament and council.
Chigumba said most of the 11 000 polling stations have now completed counting the votes and only the verification process is underway.
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In Harare, 32-year-old finance graduate Tinashe Dongo said he wanted "change" following Monday's vote.
The ZEC boss said the announcement will be of what has come in and not of the election outcome.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned of intimidation and threats of violence in the run-up to polling day, but said it was encouraged to see open rallies and peaceful demonstrations. "He is young and can understand our plight as youth", said Ndumiso Nyoni, 20, a worker at a lodge in Lupane, southern Zimbabwe.
"It is unlawful to announce results because it is in direct contravention of section 60 (A) subsection B of the Electoral Act", she said.
"I think the best thing is they got to announce the results as early as possible so that everyone will be settled", said 65-year-old voter Chaka Nyuka in the capital of Harare. They need a good change.
This woman just finished voting in Harare.