Arrest made in Zimbabwe following violent protests

The Electoral Commission has not yet given any clarity on who might become the country's next president

The Electoral Commission has not yet given any clarity on who might become the country's next president

FILE PHOTO: Supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC) of Nelson Chamisa, sing and dance in the street outside the party's headquarters following general elections in Harare, Zimbabwe, July 31, 2018.

More than five million people were registered to vote - with a high turnout of 70%. This was the first time in 16 years that representatives from the European Union, US and the Commonwealth - countries that the former President thought were hostile to him - monitored a Zimbabwean vote. "The strategy is meant to prepare Zimbabwe mentally to accept fake presidential results".

His Excellency Minister Augusto said that as part of its observation process, the SEOM engaged a wide range of stakeholders including state and non-state actors such as the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe; Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), Political Parties, Council of Chiefs, media, representatives of regional and global organizations, academia, faith-based organizations; and civil society as well as persons with disabilities, women and youth.

Dark smoke rose near the offices of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission where protesters burned tyres and at least two vehicles.

The presidential vote is expected to be much closer than what we've seen in the one for seats in Parliament.

The EU observer mission said "a truly level playing field was not achieved" in the election, pointing out the "misuse of state resources, instances of coercion and intimidation, partisan behaviour by traditional leaders and overt bias in state media".

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. "Shooting us? This is not an election it is a disgrace on our country".

A spokesman for Mr Chamisa said he was not at liberty to confirm or deny whether such talks had taken place. He could not give any figures because he would be breaking the law, he said.

What are the parties saying?

The MDC Alliance said the ruling Zanu-PF party was attempting to rig the vote to allow President Mnangagwa to win, and the delay in releasing official results was unacceptable.

Those hopes could be threatened if MDC supporters feel that the election was marred by questions and abuses as frequently happened under Mugabe.

He has repeatedly accused ZANU-PF and election authorities of trying to use a flawed electoral register and fixed ballot papers to steal the election. He also alleged that the ruling party had bribed voters in rural areas.

Zanu PF has won Gutu South, Mutare North, Muzarabani South, Murehwa North, Buhera West, Chipinge Central, Mhondoro-Mubaira, Umguza, Mberengwa South, Uzumba, Mberengwa West, Shurugwi North, Mberengwa North, Zvishavane-Ngezi, Zvishavane-Runde, Mutoko East, Chikomba East, Mutoko North, Marondera East, Mutoko South, Mudzi West, Chikomba West, Murehwa West, Insiza, Lupane West, Nkayi South, Chiredzi North, Marondera West, Masvingo South, Masvingo West, Hwedza South and Chiredzi East.

Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu said those who violated election rules by prematurely declaring victory risked incurring the "wrath of the law". I'm humbled by the support you have given to me as a Presidential Candidate. Global observers from the Commonwealth and elsewhere are urging the release of the presidential results as soon as possible.

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