Zimbabwe police seal off MDC headquarters, election result coming 'very soon'

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Masocha said the MDC Alliance supporters presumed victory for their leader based on false impression that Chamisa had countrywide support, when in reality, it was confined to the capital Harare, where it swept out the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Three people were killed when troops opened fire to clear the streets, after invoking the Public Order and Security Act, a commonly used order to suppress dissent during the Mugabe era.

The first round of preliminary results for the Zimbabwe election have been declared, and Nelson Chamisa has got a bone to pick.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has revised its earlier announcement Zanu PF won 144 seats overally while MDC Alliance won 64.

Director Jennifer Cooke of the Institute of African Studies at George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs, who appeared on VOA's Straight Talk Africa, said the international observers have role to play in addressing discrepancies in the election.

"We are going to have to go to war, go to war against ZANU-PF".

As Zimbabweans waited on tenterhooks to learn the victor of the country's presidential election, a deadly crackdown on opposition protesters in the capital spurred fears of a return to the days of authoritarian rule under Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwe's legal and constitutional framework ensured that "key principles for conducting democratic elections such as upholding the right for all political parties to campaign freely and for people to practice their right to cast their votes have been realised", said Augusto. Why are the army here beating us? shooting us?

The House of Assembly of Parliament has 210 seats and ZANU-PF's two-thirds majority would allow it to change the constitution at will.

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Police patrol outside the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission offices in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Mr Chamisa's spokesman, Nkululeko Sibanda, told journalists that the army's reaction was unjustified. "We thought they were our savior in November but they fooled us", said newspaper vendor Farai Dzengera, saying that the brief dream of an end to decades of repression was over.

Mangwana's remarks come in the wake of deadly violent protests by supporters of the opposition party, the MDC Alliance, who were calling on ZEC to immediately release presidential results. At one point, the relatives blocked hospital staff from wheeling the body to the mortuary and demanded a police explanation; a plainclothes officer said they could return Thursday to pick up the body after a police investigation.

"If he had won this election the result will have been announced long back but they are trying to massage the figures to try to advance fictitious and fallacious results".

The result of the presidential vote is not yet known.

Incumbent leader Mr Mnangagwa, 75, had promised a free and fair vote after a military coup overthrew his former boss, Mr Mugabe, ushering him into power a year ago.

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

Chamisa, though, is not taking these results lightly.

A run-off vote is scheduled for September 8 if no presidential candidate wins by at least 50 per cent.