- Mugabe had declared his support for opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa
- Projections have that Chamisa is taking the lead but vote counting is on course
- Local poll agency said voter turnout was 75% and would release results in five days
As vote counting continues in Zimbabwe, early projections are pointing to Opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa taking an early lead.
The estimates have that the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) candidate has accrued at least 65% of the total votes cast.
Incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa who ran in the presidential race on a ZANU-PF ticket comes in second with an estimated 32%.
The remaining 3% is was scored by other contestants.
Zimbabwe ex-president Robert Mugabe on Sunday, July 29, declared he would cast his vote for the Opposition candidate.
He claimed ruling party ZANU-PF had lost credibility as its regime was characterised by a harsh and authoritarian leadership.
Mugabe also blamed the party for his ouster in November 2017 claiming that he was unfairly bundled out of power despite having planned to resign in December 2017.
Chamisa on Tuesday, July 31, took to his Twitter where he expressed optimism of a possible victory in the hotly contested poll.
Mnangagwa, who according to earlier opinion polls could win but at with a slim margin, also assure his supporters of victory.
If none of the two top candidates wins by amassing more than 50% of all votes cast, then the country will be headed for a runoff.
Zimbabwe poll agency has slated the runoff for Saturday, September 8.
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