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

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

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

Another was shot and wounded by police.

MDC Alliance supporters demonstrate outside the Zanu-PF headquarters.

Mnangagwa, a former deputy president who fell out with Mugabe and then took over from him, urged people to wait for official results.

Pfigu said he was optimistic on election day for the country's first vote without Mugabe, who ruled for almost four decades, on the ballot. "We won the popular vote (and) will defend it", Chamisa said on Twitter.

He added: "The presence of the army is not to intimidate people but to ensure that law and order is maintained".

It said that by using live ammunition against unarmed protesters, "the army has broken the very same rule of law that they should protect".

Protests by MDC Alliance supporters in the city centre took an ugly turn by the afternoon.

He has already declared he's won the popular vote and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is preparing the country to accept "fake presidential results".

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Elmar Brok, head of the European Union observer mission, said there were "many shortcomings" in the election, but it was unclear whether they influenced the results. Hundreds jeered and pelted the police vans with stones.

The results are a gimmick to try and prepare Zimbabwe for a rigged election.

More than five million people were registered to vote - with a high turnout of 70%.

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ZEC chief Priscilla Chigumba said the presidential result may not be ready until Saturday.

"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. Otherwise, a run-off election will be held on 8 September.

Amnesty's acting secretary general Colm O Cuanachain said in a press release that the "militarisation" of the election aftermath "is muzzling freedom of expression, association and assembly".

The EU mission criticised the delay in announcing the presidential results.

The EU mission pointed out the "misuse of state resources, instances of coercion and intimidation, partisan behaviour by traditional leaders and overt bias in state media" but said Monday's election was largely peaceful in a break from the past.

And authorities welcomed it as such, as well, inviting worldwide election monitors to observe the elections for the first time in about 16 years.

Mnangagwa added that he blamed the leadership of the opposition MDC party for those who were killed and injured.

What are the parties saying?

As expected, Chamisa did well with urban voters, his party winning 27 out of 28 parliamentary seats in the capital Harare and 11 out of 12 in Bulawayo.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) reported in its preliminary results that Mr Mnangagwa's party has won the majority seats in parliament, showing he picked up 109 seats against 41 for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

"It is unfortunate that this election has descended into bloodshed, which could have been avoided if security forces had exercised restraint against protesters", the London-based human rights organization said.

MDC supporters were seen dancing and celebrating in the streets outside the party's headquarters as the vote count started. He also alleged that the ruling party had bribed voters in rural areas.

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