ZIMBABWE took to the polls yesterday to choose their president in the first election without Robert Mugabe. Who will win Zimbabwe’s elections this week?
The first election in Zimbabwe since ex-president Robert Mugabe faced a military coup last year, millions of Zimbabweans visited polling stations throughout the country to cast their vote.
There was a 75 percent turnout at the election, with fierce competition between the two top competitors.
These are incumbent president Emmerson Mnangagwa for the Zanu-PF party and Nelson Chamisa leader of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance.
While results will not be officially announced until this weekend, bold claims from one of the parties have predicted the winner.
Who will win the Zimbabwe elections this week?
Mr Chamisa of the MDC Alliance has taken to social media to proclaim his party were “winning resoundingly”.
Writing on Twitter he said: “We’ve done exceedingly well.
“Awaiting ZEC (Zimbabwean Electoral Commission) to perform their constitutional duty to officially announce the people’s election results and we are ready to form the next gvt.”
However, neither the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission or election officials have substantiated Mr Chamisa’s claim.
Mr Chamisa does have the support of former president Mugabe, however, as the overthrown president denounced his former party.
“I cannot vote for those who tormented me,” Mr Mugabe said.
"I hope the choice of voting tomorrow will thrust away the military government and bring us back to constitutionality.”
However, this caused current president Mnangagwa to claim Mr Mugabe had made a deal with the MDC.
"It is clear to all that Chamisa has forged a deal with Mugabe, we can no longer believe that his intentions are to transform Zimbabwe and rebuild our nation," he said.
Both candidates have claimed they will fix Zimbabwe’s economy, with Mr Chamisa pledging to bring the Olympics to the country.
Should Mr Chamisa win, he will be Zimbabwe’s youngest president at the age of 40.
Mr Mnangagwa, 75, has been president since former leader Mugabe was forced from his position.
Known as ‘the crocodile’ President Mnangagwa is known for his sharpness in the political field.
Official results could be announced between now and late on Saturday, with the first results expected today at 2pm BST.