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ZEC promises early results

Results from some Zimbabwean polling stations could be announced as early as 9pm on Wednesday.

President Robert Mugabe will face rival Morgan Tsvangirai. Picture: EWN

HARARE - Zimbabwe's elections chief has announced that some results for this Wednesday's elections could be announced as early as two hours after the close of polling.

President Robert Mugabe will face long-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai. The two are currently in a power-sharing deal.

In the last polls in 2008 the final results were delayed for five weeks.

Rita Makarau says results from some polling stations could be announced as early as 9pm on Wednesday.

She says those are likely to be for councillors while results for parliamentary seats will start to be announced a day later.

The_ Sunday Mail_ reports that Makarau is confident that presidential results will be ready five days after polling.

But she has warned anyone who announces the results on their own that they will face arrest; a direct warning to the Movement for Democratic Alliance (MDC) which it said it will do just that.

The MDC has expressed concern about rigging and claims it has not been allowed a copy of the voters roll to check all those who register are all on it.

Meanwhile, Mugabe is holding his final rally at the National Sport Stadium in Harare.

He has urged Zimbabweans to vote peacefully.