If he wins then it will be a democratic watershed for the south African country that will boot Robert Mugabe’s former party, ZANU–PF, out of office for the first time since Zimbabwe became independent.
Mugabe was known as a hard-line nationalist, and led the country at a time when corruption and aggressive sanctioning towards Zimbabwe were commonplace.
Elections during Mugabe’s rule were marred by intimidation, rigging and widespread violence, and this year there are signs of change in the democratic process.
Even though Mr Mugabe has thrown his support behind MDC, Mr Chamisa will not work with Mr Mugabe's wife Grace.
Chamisa says his party has done exceedingly well (Image: GETTY)
He told reporters: "There is a misconception, and I must clear it once and for all.
"There is no roele for Grace Mugabe in my government. This is desperation by ZANU-PF whci has its own issues with the Mugabes and they want to to try and export their own troubles and worries.
"Please, leave me alone Mnangagwa. Deal with your old man. You have disapppointed him. He is very disappointed. Please make your ways and make our amends."
A general air of peace this year is thought to have been observed, and the European Union, United States and Commonwealth have sent observers for the first time since 2002.
Nelson Chamisa says he is awaiting Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to officially announce the results (Image: GETTY)
Mnangagwa said he feels “extremely positive” about the election as a high voter turnout has been reported in Zimbabwe.
He tweeted: “Good morning Zimbabwe. I am delighted by the high turnout and citizen engagement so far.
“The information from our reps on the ground is extremely positive! Waiting patiently for official results as per the constitution.”
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has reported that there was 70 percent voter turn out.
It tweeted: “ZEC Chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba announcing at a press conference that the available statistics show that about 70% of the registered voters had voted in the 2018 harmonised elections.”
Mugabe ruled the country for over 40 years. (Image: GETTY)
However, South African news agency eNCA is reporting a turnout of 75 percent.
Mr Chigumba told reporters in the capital of Harare: “It is our view that that the high voter turnout is indicative of a sound voter education and publicity conducted on a receptive electorate.”
Robert Mugabe claimed the vote would not be free under the current government.
This is because it is technically a military government after Mugabe was ousted in a de facto coup.
Zimbabwe election: Polls open in first vote since Mugabe's removal
Mon, July 30, 2018
The election pits President Emmerson Mnangagwa against MDC’s Nelson Chamisa