Zimbabwe elections 'free and honest' says AU

The African Union (AU) observer mission led by Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has said Zimbabwe's presidential and parliamentary elections were 'free, honest and credible'.

The revelation comes amid allegations of vote-rigging by President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF, with the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) saying on Thursday that elections had been "seriously compromised by a systematic effort to disenfranchise an estimated million Voters".

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai (pictured), who heads the Movement for Democratic Change, labelled the election a sham and said it was 'null and void'.

Millions of Zimbabweans went to the polls on Wednesday, choosing a president, 210 lawmakers and local councillors. The lead-up to the election was marred by flawed voter registration, chaotic early polling for security forces, and lopsided campaign coverage in the state media.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has five days to declare who won the poll which will bring an end to a troubled and uneasy power-sharing government that was formed four years ago in a deal brokered by South Africa.

The first official results show that Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF party is taking an early lead.

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