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VOTING CLOSES IN HISTORIC ZIMBABWE ELECTIONS

HARARE-- Voting has officially closed in Zimbabwe's historic presidential and parliamentary elections Monday, the first in the country since independence in 1980 in which former president Robert Mugabe is not a candidate.

More than 5.6 million people were registered to cast their votes for the Presidential, Parliamentary and local government elections. In the battle for the presidency, there were 23 candidates with the main contenders being the incumbent, President Emmerson Mnaangagwa of the ZANU PF party, and Nelson Chamisa of the MDC Alliance coalition.

There were no incidents of intimidation and violence reported by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) which began the process of counting the votes. The official results are scheduled to be released on Aug 4.

Millions of Zimbabweans cast their votes across the country on Monday with a lot of enthusiasm. It was for the first time in many years that they were free to vote without any fear of intimidation.

Some said casting their ballots they are longing to know who their next President will be. But Chamisa said the MDC Alliance would not accept anything other than victory. ZANU-PF said it would welcome the result.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK