July 31, 2018 / 9:15 AM / 4 months ago

Zimbabwe electoral body says vote was fair; first results due from 3pm

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s electoral commission said on Tuesday there was no rigging or cheating in the first national election since the end of Robert Mugabe’s nearly four decade rule.

ZEC chair Priscilla Chigumba told reporters in Harare that vote counting was complete in most provinces and the first results would be announced from 3 p.m. (1300).

As well as electing a president, Zimbabweans were voting for 210 members of parliament and more than 9,000 councillors. Final results are due by Aug. 4.

Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Writing by Joe Brock; editing by John Stonestreet

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