PICS: Counting by candlelight and lanterns underway in Zimbabwe's historic vote

The last of Zimbabwe's voters have cast their ballots by the light of lanterns, candles and mobile phones as counting is underway in a historic election.

The final results are expected within five days in the first election since the departure of former leader Robert Mugabe, who led for 37 years but resigned in November under military pressure.

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Voting was peaceful in a break from the violence in past elections.

Zimbabweans hope a credible vote will bring the lifting of international sanctions and the revival of a shattered economy.

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A woman prepares to cast her ballot as she votes in the late afternoon at Efusini polling station in the township of Makokoba (Patrick Meinhardt / AFP)


A woman gets her finger marked by an election worker as she votes in the late afternoon at Efusini polling station in the township of Makokoba (Patrick Meinhardt / AFP)

People register and cast their ballots in the late afternoon as they vote at Efusini polling station in the township of Makokoba (Patrick Meinhardt / AFP)

A polling station is lit by a gas lamp before the closing of a polling station in Mabvuku Township at the end of the Zimbabwe general elections voting day (Jekesai Njikizana / AFP)

A Zimbabwe Electoral Commission official checks the voters roll with an LED lamp as night falls in Mabvuku Township (Jekesai Njikizana / AFP)

A Zimbabwe Electoral Commission official checks the voters' roll using a cellphone LED light as night falls in Mabvuku Township (Jekesai Njikizana / AFP)