Zimbabwe officials wait to release vote results

Zimbabwe's electoral commission has announced the first official results of Monday's elections but says it is waiting to release any news on the presidential race until all results are collated.

The commission says the next briefing is expected around 19:00 local time (1700 GMT).

Both President Emmerson Mnangagwa and main opposition challenger Nelson Chamisa have expressed optimism about the results, and Chamisa's supporters are already claiming victory based on what they say are results collected from agents in the field nationwide.

The electoral commission says it found no "cheating" in Monday's election, the first since longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down in November under military pressure. The peaceful election was a break from votes marred by violence.

The opposition alleges, however, that voting results forms were not posted at more than one-fifth of the country's polling stations as the law requires.

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