'ZEC's announcement a little bit premature'

Vote counting is under way in Zimbabwe's first election without the involvement of long-time leader Robert Mugabe.

EWN reporter Clement Manyathela says there are three important things that came from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) press briefing.

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One, they are announcing that the results coming from yesterday's elections were not rigged at all, in fact, the commission's chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba saying that I am very confident that there was no rigging whatsoever but also assuring Zimbabweans that whatever will be the electoral outcome is definitely their will.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

I found this to be a little bit surprising and also a little premature that the Electoral Commission can come out even before the final clearly has been announced and they can say that they are quite confident that there hasn't been some kind of irregularities.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

He says the second important thing that came out is that there hasn't been any official complaint from any political party about the electoral process.

You will remember, yesterday, I covered a press briefing by Nelson Chamisa's lawyer who came out and said that they were concerned about irregularities in some processes leading up to the elections and even during the elections.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

They even claimed that the ballots were pre-written or pre-marked but today the commission confirming that they haven't received any official complains from some of those political parties.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

He adds that another announcement that was made is that results will begin to trickle in.

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