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Zimbabwe opposition leader says winning election 'resoundingly'

Zimbabwe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa said on Tuesday he was "winning resoundingly" as votes were counted in the first election since long-time ruler Robert Mugabe was ousted from power.

Chamisa, who has raised allegations of voter fraud during the campaign, said that his MDC party had results from 10 000 polling stations.

"Winning resoundingly... We've done exceedingly well," he said on Twitter after the landmark vote on Monday, adding "We are ready to form the next (government)."

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Mnangagwa, Chamisa 'in neck-to-neck race' as Zim awaits official vote results

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his opposition rival, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa, are reportedly said to be in a neck-to-neck race, with the first batch of election results expected on Tuesday morning.

According to the privately-owned NewsDay newspaper, chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), Priscilla Chigumba said that the commission had received returns from four provinces and was now awaiting results from the remaining six.  

Chigumba said this during a press conference in Harare on Monday night.

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MDC 'have won' Zimbabwe election: senior party official

Senior opposition MDC official Tendai Biti on Tuesday said party leader Nelson Chamisa had won Zimbabwe's presidential election, and alleged that the authorities were delaying the publication of results.

"The results show beyond reasonable doubt that we have won the election and that the next president of Zimbabwe is Nelson Chamisa," said the Movement for Democratic Change's (MDC) Biti, who was the respected finance minister in the 2009 - 13 power-sharing government.

"We are however seriously concerned about evidence of interference... there is a deliberate delay in announcing the results. This delay is totally unacceptable," he told a press conference at the party's headquarters in Harare.

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Zimbabwe issues prosecution warning after opposition claims poll win

Zimbabwe's government warned election candidates on Tuesday they faced prosecution and jail for prematurely announcing results of landmark polls after the main opposition MDC party said it had won.

"As a government we have noted with concern the actions and conduct of some political party leaders... who are openly declaring that they will announce results irrespective of provisions of the law," said Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu at a media briefing in Harare.

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Tense count as Zimbabwe opposition claim election victory

Zimbabwe's opposition MDC party on Tuesday claimed victory in the country's historic elections, setting the scene for a showdown with the ruling ZANU-PF that has held power since independence in 1980.

Senior MDC official Tendai Biti said party leader Nelson Chamisa had won the presidential race, and alleged that the authorities were delaying the publication of results.

"The results show beyond reasonable doubt that we have won the election and that the next president of Zimbabwe is Nelson Chamisa," Biti told a press conference at the party's headquarters in Harare.

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PICS: Counting under way after Zimbabwe's first post-Mugabe election

Counting was underway in Zimbabwe's first election since Robert Mugabe was ousted after 37 years in power as observers warned of possible shortcomings in Monday's landmark poll.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe's former right-hand man in the ruling Zanu-PF party, faced off against opposition leader Nelson Chamisa of the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) in the historic vote.

"I am not shy to say I voted for Chamisa. He is young and can understand our plight as youth," said Ndumiso Nyoni, 20, a worker at a lodge in Lupane, southern Zimbabwe.

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