Concern over Mugabe vote win

Robert Mugabe has been declared the winner of Zimbabwe's election amid international concern over the conduct of the poll that secured his re-election.

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Zimbabwe monitors: Efforts to disenfranchise voters

Zimbabwe's leading domestic election monitoring agency - The Zimbabwe Election Support Network - has said there has been a "systematic effort to disenfranchise an estimated million voters".

A statement published on their website reads:

Generally the environment was relatively calm and peaceful. Based on the empirical reports from our observers, regardless of the outcome, the credibility of the 2013 Harmonised Elections is seriously compromised by a systematic effort to disenfranchise an estimated million voters.

– Zimbabwe Election Support Network

Monitors: 'Zimbabwe poll seriously compromised'

Zimbabwe's leading domestic election monitoring agency cried foul over this week's poll, saying the credibility of the vote was "seriously compromised" by irregularities on polling day.

Voters queue to cast their votes in Mbare on the outskirts of Harare. Credit: Facebook/Morgan Tsvangirai

Officials from the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) said urban voters, who mainly favour Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, had been turned away from polling stations in their thousands.

Conversely, only a small number had been prevented from voting in the countryside, where President Robert Mugabe has most support, ZESN officials told a news conference.

Read: Zimbabwe elections: Views from young voters

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Mugabe party source claims 'we have buried the MDC'

A senior source in Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's party has claimed a resounding victory in the parliamentary and presidential election against Prime Minster Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Counting takes place following the Zimbabwean elections. Credit: REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

"We've taken this election. We've buried the MDC. We never had any doubt that we were going to win," the source, who could not be named, told Reuters.

Releasing results early in Zimbabwe is illegal, and police have said they will arrest anybody who makes premature claims about the result.

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Vote count underway as Zimbabwean polls close

Vote counting in the Zimbabwean election is underway after what many have described as the country's most peaceful polling in recent years.

Voting at most polling stations has now closed after some stayed open late to meet the demand from voters.

A ballot paper with images of all Zimbabwean presidential candidates.
A ballot paper with images of all Zimbabwean presidential candidates. Credit: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Just over 6.4 million voters were expected to participate in the country's harmonised election to select a president, as well as members of parliament and local councillors.

The results of the presidential election must be announced within five days.

Read: Zimbabwe elections: Views from young voters

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