Zimbabwe Protesters Killed as Nation Awaits Presidential Election Results

MDC supporters celebrate in the street outside the MDC Headquarters

The opposition claim the results have been rigged in favour of President Emmerson Mnangagwa. "The strategy is meant to prepare Zimbabwe mentally to accept fake presidential results".

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged Zimbabwe's politicians to exercise restraint, while United Kingdom foreign office minister Harriett Baldwin said she was "deeply concerned" by the violence.

However, Douglas Mwonzora, a top MDC Alliance official, told the BBC's Andrew Harding that the endorsement on Sunday of their candidate by Mr Mugabe had cost the party votes. "We thought they were our savior in November but they fooled us", said newspaper vendor Farai Dzengera, admitting that the brief dream of an end to decades of repression was over.

Chamisa's MDC won in most urban centres, where it enjoys majority support.

The ZEC said it now expected to start announcing presidential election results from Thursday because there were allegations of disputes around tallies that were posted outside polling stations.

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A Zimbabwean soldier beats a man on a street in Harare on August 1, 2018 as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election.

The opposition has spoken of vote-rigging, saying results were not posted outside a fifth of the country's almost 11,000 polling stations.

State broadcaster ZBC reported that the electoral commission would announce the presidential results at 12:30 local time (10:30 GMT).

As results have yet to be officially announced by the ZEC sources counting the ballots have said it is "close".

A presidential poll will be held on Saturday, September 8, if a candidate does not secure more than 50 percent of the vote, but it will probably take a couple of days before the results of the presidential election have come in. "No amount of results manipulation will alter your will", he tweeted before the army was deployed. "We won the popular vote [and] will defend it", Chamisa said.

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Troops, backed by armoured vehicles, cleared the Harare streets of protesters on Wednesday as demonstrators accused the ruling Zanu-PF party of attempting to rig Monday's presidential election. We've more votes than ED (Emmerson Mnangagwa).

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".

Authorities invoked Zimbabwe's Public Order and Security Act, which allows police to ban public meetings or gatherings. You voted for total Change in this past election!

Watching the results trickling in from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) in the early hours, it became apparent that the ruling Zanu-PF would have a majority in parliament. One independent candidate and a member from a party linked to Mugabe also won one seat each.

Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor, yesterday said results had not been posted outside 21% of the country's almost 11,000 polling stations, raising concerns about possible vote-rigging.

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"It seems the results so far could indicate the will of the people, especially the rural population, to be ruled by ZANU-PF", said Ruhanya.

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