Zimbabwe election: Both sides certain of winning

A Zimbabwean voter shows his ink-stained finger after casting his ballot at a polling station 30 July 2018

A Zimbabwean voter shows his ink-stained finger after casting his ballot at a polling station 30 July 2018

Another was shot and wounded by police. The presidential result has yet to be declared.

The EU did not understand why the release of the presidential result was taking so long, Brok said.

The elections in Zimbabwe are the first since Robert Mugabe was forced out of his presidency previous year.

The commission said it would announce the results of Zimbabwe's presidential race, pitting President Emmerson Mnangagwa against opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, only after all the votes have come in from across the country.

Correspondents stress that Wednesday's violence is confined to the centre of Harare - an opposition stronghold - while other parts of the country remain calm.

Police say they have warned political leaders accused of incitement that "the long arm of the law will certainly catch up with them".

"The results are biased, trying to give the impression that ZANU has won", said Lawrence Maguranyi, 21, an MDC supporter and university student protesting at the party headquarters.

This invitation of formerly banned election observer missions had, according to Augusto, demonstrated "transparency and confidence building in Zimbabwe's electoral process".

The crowds chanted: "We want Chamisa".

Soldiers have opened fire with guns, water cannons and tear gas, as opposition demonstrators burned cars and threw rocks at helicopters hovering above. Hundreds jeered and pelted the police vans with stones.

"Most of the polling station where also locating in places easily accessible to people with disability", said Augusto. ZEC said that 1.3 percent of registered voters could not cast their vote because they presented the wrong documents at polling units.

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Their allegation: The commission has delayed its full official announcement in order to rig the vote for incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his party, the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front.

"We've more votes that ED, we won the popular vote and we will defend it", he tweeted.

The preliminary findings were released during a media briefing held on Wednesday by global observer missions who have been monitoring the climate leading up to and during the July 30 election.

"There is a deliberate delay in formally announcing results", he told a news conference, characterising it as "interference with the people's will". Zec has until Saturday to do so.

This was the first time western observers were allowed to monitor the democratic process in Zimbabwe for nearly two decades.

The African Union Election Observation Mission to Zimbabwe led by Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe, former prime minister of Ethiopia also commended the improved legal framework under which the elections were held.

It added that it could not confirm opposition parties' complaints of vote-buying, intimidation by the state and bias by traditional leaders.

The regional SADC bloc, in its preliminary report, said Wednesday that the campaign and election had "proceeded in a peaceful and orderly manner and were largely in line" in Zimbabwean law.

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.

"There is no way that ZANU-PF will accept an MDC victory".

MDC-Alliance won all the seats announced in Harare and Bulawayo, while NPF grabbed Kwekwe Central.

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