Zimbabweans took to the polls for the first time since the ousting of former president Rober Mugabe from office.
Zimbabwe's election, the first since the removal of Robert Mugabe in a de facto coup a year ago, has in some cases been "very smooth", in others "totally disorganised", the European Union chief observer said on Monday, with voting still under way. Zanu-PF, however still have wide support across the country with Mugabe's former party representing the end of colonial ties and white-minority rule.
Mnangagwa, who voted in his Kwekwe constituency in central Zimbabwe, said Mugabe had the right to express himself in the country's new "democratic space".
Zimbabwe votes Monday in an election that could, if deemed credible, tilt the country toward recovery after years of economic collapse and repression under Mugabe.
"I know it's going to sound nearly too good to be true, but I was very impressed". Stone Sibanda, a 39-year-old taxi driver in Harare, told AFP.
Chamisa was reported to the police by the electoral commission on Sunday, who said a press conference he had held on that day violated the electoral act which forbids campaigning on the day before the vote.
The first vote results were set to be announced at 3 p.m. local time but an hour has passed since then.
At one stage, he was seen taking his head out of the voting booth to check where he should put his cross on the ballot.
If required, Zimbabwe's 5.6 million registered voters would be asked to return to the polls to vote in a presidential run-off on September 8.
'The information from our reps on the ground is extremely positive! "Waiting patiently for official results as per the constitution", Mnangagwa, 75, Mugabe's former right-hand man, said on Twitter.
Residents of Mbare township examine uncollated results posted on a polling station following general elections in Harare, Zimbabwe, July 31, 2018.
The elections have been opened up to worldwide observers, though the opposition has voiced concerns that the voter roll has irregularities and claimed that the army has been deployed to rural areas in an attempt to intimidate people to vote for the ruling ZANU-PF.
She said she was confident there was no "cheating" and that the commission will respect the will of Zimbabweans: "We will not steal their choice of leaders".
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.
- European Union cites "shortcomings" - Early results of the landmark polls are expected Tuesday.
European Union and United States election monitors have been allowed into the country for the first time in 16 years to assess whether the elections are free and fair.
"There are shortcomings that we have to check".
The bloc will deliver a preliminary report on the conduct of the election on Wednesday.
Mnangagwa, 75, has promised jobs and is regarded as being open to economic reform. Popular amongst Zimbabwe's youth, Nelson Chamisa's MDC Alliance party has invigorated the campaign.
"There is no role for Grace Mugabe in my government".
Previously solid health and education services are in ruins and millions have fled overseas.
In 2008, dozens of people were killed before a runoff between Mugabe and the MDC's founder, Morgan Tsvangirai, who died from cancer in February.