July 30, 2018 / 7:46 PM / 3 months ago

High turnout in Zimbabwe's first post-Mugabe election

HARARE (Reuters) - Turnout at Zimbabwe’s election on Monday, the first since the removal of former president Robert Mugabe, averaged 75 percent, larger than the last vote in 2013, electoral commission chair Priscilla Chigumba said.

Zimbabwean voters queue to cast their ballots in the country's general elections in Harare. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

“It is our view that the high voter turnout is indicative of a sound voter education and publicity conducted on a receptive electorate,” Chigumba told reporters in Harare.

The election is a two-horse race between 75-year-old President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a long-time Mugabe ally, and 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor who is vying to become Zimbabwe’s youngest head of state.

Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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