Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Zimbabwe Presidential Results Out At 9 P.m.

Zimbabwe Presidential Results Out At 9 P.m.

Three people were killed.

The activists are denouncing violent protests but calling the government's reaction illegal and "grossly disproportionate to the violence that it sought to contain".

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said he is in communication with MDC Alliance Presidential candidate, Nelson Chamisa to diffuse the volatile situation in the country saying the dialogue is important to maintain peace in the country.

At the press briefing, Zec also announced the last of the House of Assembly results, and the MDC Alliance's Elizabeth Java Tsvangirai and Susan Matsunga won the Glen View South and Mufakose constituencies respectively.

"We hold the opposition MDC Alliance and its whole leadership responsible for this disturbance of national peace, which was meant to disrupt the electoral process", Mnangagwa said, according to ZBC.

"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 U.S. monitoring mission.

Opposition protestors take to the streets of Harare, burning tyres and pulling down street signs. "They said free and fair election but now we counting the dead", Dube, 44, said.

Official results already show that the ruling ZANU-PF party had won most seats in the parliamentary ballot.

Earlier, violence erupted in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare.

It does not give the results for the presidential vote. "This is not an election it is a disgrace on our country", one young man, Colbert Mugwenhi, said.

Global observers urged the electoral commission to release the tally as soon as possible to avoid further violence after six people were killed on Wednesday in clashes between security forces and opposition supporters.

African observer groups said the vote was peaceful, orderly and largely in line with the law but they raised concerns about bias of state media and the commission.

The country's electoral commission said on Wednesday it would set the date for the release of the final results "sometime tomorrow".

Zimbabwe's former finance minister claimed that it was a "fact" that he and MDC leader Chamisa, 40, are on a "hit list", without giving evidence of his assertion.

The EU's Chief Observer, Elmar Brok, said he did not yet know if the shortcomings would have a material effect on the outcome of the vote and criticised the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) for being at times "one-sided".

European Union chief observer Elmar Brok said there were "efforts to undermine the free expression of the will of the electors through inducements, soft intimidation, pressure and coercion... to try to ensure a vote in favor of the ruling party". "We won the popular vote & will defend it!"

A run-off vote is scheduled for September 8 if no presidential candidate wins by at least 50 per cent.

Augusto added that the mission had found the conduct of the police - who have in previous elections been accused of intimidation - to have been very professional.

Incumbent leader Mr Mnangagwa, 75, had promised a free and fair vote after a military coup overthrew his former boss, Mr Mugabe, ushering him into power previous year.

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