Zimbabwe election: Army patrols, deadly protests and election controversy

Zimbabwe elections on 'unlevel playing field,' say EU observers

Zimbabwe elections on 'unlevel playing field,' say EU observers

Meanwhile the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission who were overseeing the poll said there had been "absolutely no skulduggery" and it would begin releasing results shortly.

By the centre where the election results were announced, Charity Manyeruke, who teaches political science at the University of Zimbabwe, said she was delighted. A search warrant was issued on Thursday night.

The election took an uneasy turn on Tuesday when the opposition alleged that results were not being posted outside one-fifth of polling stations as required by law.

Police raided the headquarters of Chamisa's Movement for Democratic Change party while a lawyers' group said Chamisa was being investigated for allegedly inciting violence.

The death toll rose to six, with 14 injured, police said, and 18 people were arrested at the offices of the main opposition party amid tensions over a vote that was supposed to restore trust in Zimbabwe after decades of Mugabe's rule.

The opposition accuses President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his ruling ZANU-PF party of stalling so it can steal the election.

The economy has been on a reconstruction trajectory ever since the coming into office of the new administration led by President Mnangagwa in November previous year. "They want to disrupt our results tabulation process, that's all", he said.

Mourinho doubts United will make two signings he wants
The Manchester United manager has had a significant number of players unavailable due to post-World Cup breaks and injuries. "This is not our team, not our squad".

Mnangagwa's spokesperson, George Charamba, insisted that Thursday was a normal working day.

Wednesday's violence and the use of soldiers to control the capital confirms suspicions that the generals who ousted Mugabe - including army chief-turned vice-president Constantino Chiwenga - are firmly in charge, analysts said.

The election, which pitched 75-year-old Mnangagwa against the 40-year-old Chamisa, was supposed to confirm the legitimacy of the post-Mugabe government and allow Harare to renew ties with the global community.

Instead, observers from the Commonwealth, a group of mainly former British colonies that Mnangagwa had hoped to rejoin, did not mince words in condemning the military's conduct.

Can post-Mugabe vote heal Zimbabwe?

China, Zimbabwe's main global ally, said it hoped all sides would put the country's interests first following a "generally peaceful and orderly" election.

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