Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Zimbabwe Elections 2018: A defiant Nelson Chamisa stands by election victory claim

Zimbabwe Elections 2018: A defiant Nelson Chamisa stands by election victory claim

He added: "The strategy is meant to prepare [Zimbabwe] mentally to accept fake presidential results". We've more votes than ED (Emmerson Dambudzo). "We won the popular vote & will defend it!"

The party faithful had gathered at MDC headquarters in the early morning and sung, chanted and held their hands high in a collective act of protest.

Though some results in local races have been announced, she said full and official results might not be announced until the weekend.

This photo taken on January 7, 2017 shows Zimbabwe's then acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaking during a funeral ceremony in Harare.

Piers Pigou, a Zimbabwe expert at the International Crisis Group think-tank agreed, saying: "Deployment of the army reveals the uncomfortable truth that, eight months after Mugabe was ousted in a coup, the army remains the pre-eminent political force".

Shots continued to be reported as crowds scatter.

But the mood quickly descended into anger and chaos as supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) opposition declared they were being cheated in the election count.

Monday's upbeat spectacle of millions of Zimbabweans voting peacefully was eclipsed 48 hours later by scenes of tanks and other military vehicles speeding through debris-strewn streets and soldiers beating protesters who had blocked main roads and set bonfires.

Via his Twitter handle, President Mnangagwa warned his supporters and the citizenry to desist from making statements that could stir political animosity. "Now is the time for responsibility and above all, peace".

Soldiers fired live rounds to disperse opposition demonstrators, some of whom were throwing rocks and destroying property.

Last night Biti urged the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to release the election results, claiming the delay was evidence Zanu-PF was trying to rig the poll.

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Before the violence, EU Chief Observer Elmar Brok said he did not yet know if the shortcomings would have a material effect on the outcome of the vote, but criticised the electoral commission for being at times "one-sided".

The MDC broke into factions after the death in February of its veteran leader Morgan Tsvangirai as his deputies battled over who his successor should be.

"What you see here is real support - not people being brought on buses like ZANU-PF does", he said.

"We have won this one together. No amount of results manipulation will alter your will", he tweeted before the army was deployed on Wednesday.

ZEC is mandated to declare the final results not later than August 4. A foreign ministry spokesman "noted" reports of Wednesday's violence.

MDC supporters have ripped down a Mnangagwa billboard.

Zimbabwe soldiers and police were on the streets of Harare Thursday as authorities came under increasing pressure to release results of the presidential election after a deadly crackdown on protesters.

Protests are evolving as fires appear to have been deliberately started in Harare.

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has won the most seats in parliament, according to incomplete official results.

ZANU-PF would need 30 more seats to secure a two-thirds majority that would allow it to change the constitution.

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