MDC supporters are blaming the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for delaying the announcement of the presidential results and declaring their leader‚ Nelson Chamisa‚ as the victor.
Ninety-four-year-old Mugabe, who was accused of political violence and rigging elections during his almost four decades in power, voted in Harare alongside his wife Grace. President Emmerson Mnangagwa on August 1 called for peace as police fired water cannon and teargas at opposition supporters in Harare over alleged fraud in Zimbabwe's elections.
When Mugabe resigned last November, bowing to pressure from his former ally Mnangagwa and the military, observers both at home and overseas heralded Monday's general elections - which will decide presidential, parliamentary and local seats - as an opportunity for a clean slate.
Truckloads of anti-riot officers were called in to help clear the streets as tensions escalated.
Mugabe, 94, who ruled for almost four decades, voted in Harare alongside his wife Grace.
"The strategy is meant to prepare Zim mentally to accept fake presidential results", he said, adding that he had won more votes than Mr. Mnangagwa.
The electoral commission has warned that results of the presidential first round may not be known until Friday or even Saturday and would not be released until tallies were received from all 10,985 polling stations. Mugabe was later be deposed as leader of ZANU PF and replaced with Emmerson Mnangagwa. The EU EOM also said that Zec should ensure that the votes can be traced back to the polling station.
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"We will not subvert [the people's will]", she said at a press conference, rejecting allegations that there was rigging.
Priscilla Chigumba, a judge who heads the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, said she was confident there had been no "cheating" in the first election without Mugabe on the ballot.
"They've rigged these elections".
On the other hand, former Advisor to the late MDC President Alex Magaisa has complained that ZEC's failure to jointly announce Presidential elections results together with House of Assembly is a ploy by the elections management body to rig polls in favour of Mnangagwa.
If no candidate wins more than half the votes in the presidential election, there will be a runoff in five weeks. Otherwise, a run-off election will be held on 8 September.
The European Union observer mission said "a truly level playing field was not achieved" in Zimbabwe's election.
A preliminary report by the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) observers said the elections were largely peaceful and conducted in accordance with the law.
Zimbabwe's police say they have invoked a strict security act that forbids public gatherings after security forces swept into the capital to disperse hundreds of opposition protesters angry over Monday's election results. They need a good change.