Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

PF shocked by post election violence in Harare

PF shocked by post election violence in Harare

That omission gave room for the electoral commission, which ZESN and the opposition have accused of bias, to manipulate the results in favour of Mnangagwa and the ZANU-PF party, Biti said. "So I have yet to learn why they will be released last", he added, urging the electoral commission to release the results as fast as possible and for each individual polling station.

With 151 out of 210 parliamentary constituencies counted, Mr. Mnangagwa's ZANU-PF had won 109 seats, while the opposition Movement for Democratic Change gained 41 seats, according to the electoral commission.

Mr Mnangagwa called for calm in a post on Twitter while results were collected.

Live ammunition has been fired at people protesting against the election results, while soldiers have been seen on the streets.

Armoured personnel carriers ferried troops and riot police to the scene.

Automatic gunfire has also been heard and an army helicopter has been spotted in the skies.

"We collated the results from our agents at all polling stations and what they reflected is nothing else except victory for MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa, and we demand that they make those V11 forms public".

It comes as Zimbabwe's president warned against making "provocative statements" as protesters ran rampant through the streets. This is exactly why we wanted change.

A spokesman said: "We are seriously meant to wonder that this means". Why are the army here beating us? shooting us? You've got to sift through them and decide whether or not we actually agree with the tally that's been done.

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Supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change, Zimbabwe's primary opposition party, protest against alleged fraud by the election authority and ruling party Wednesday in Harare. The commission said two seats were won by smaller parties and 58 seats had yet to be declared.

However, both Mr Chamisa and sitting President Mnangagwa have made premature claims of victory today.

"The more the presidential vote is delayed, the more it calls into question the population's confidence in the election process", said former Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the lead observer of a USA monitoring mission.

More than five million people were registered to vote, and there was a high turnout of 70%.

The EU's assessment is critical in determining whether Zimbabwe can shed its pariah status as it could help attract investors and trigger an economic revival.

Chief Observer Elmar Brok told the media on Wednesday that delays in announcing the results threaten the credibility of the elections.

Zimbabwe was once one of Africa's most promising economies but became descended into corruption, mismanagement and diplomatic isolation in the latter stages of Mugabe's administration.

Mnangagwa's government has accused Chamisa and his supporters of inciting violence by declaring he had won.

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