Polls have closed in Zimbabwe’s historic election, the first since the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe.

 

Polls have closed in Zimbabwe’s historic election, the first since the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe.

Millions have voted, turnout was high and the day was free of the violence that marked previous elections.The 75-year-old President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe confidante, is in a close race with main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.

The 40-year-old Chamisa has called the election a choice between Zimbabwe’s past and future.Final election results are expected within five days.

 

The state-owned Herald newspaper is reporting that voting has officially ended in the southern African country, with most polling stations shutting their doors.

Polling officers will take a 15-minute break before vote counting starts, the report says.

It’s the final minutes of voting in Zimbabwe’s historic election, with turnout high and free of the violence that marked previous years, AP reports.

For the first time, former leader Robert Mugabe isn’t on the ballot.

Zimbabweans say they are eager for change after decades of turmoil and economic stagnation. “Why would I fight my fellow Zimbabweans?” asks voter Tapiwa Kahondo. “I’m so happy for today, man. I’m so happy,” Kahondo told AP.

The opposition has raised concerns about delays in the voting in its stronghold urban areas, and it has warned it will organize peaceful protests if the elections are thought to be flawed, according to AP.