Zimbabwe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa says the country’s electoral commission has known the results of the presidential election since on Monday night that that “announcing is just a formality”.
He is claiming victory.
Chamisa tells reporters that the commission has undermined its credibility by delaying the announcement of the results of Monday’s vote. The commission has said it will start announcing presidential results at 22:00.
International election observers in a joint statement have called on the commission to release the results as soon as possible after some noted that the presidential results were the first to be counted but the last to be shared publicly.
Chamisa also says he is shocked at President Emmerson Mnangagwa blaming the opposition for Wednesday’s deadly violence in which the military fired on election-related protests. The opposition leader says the demonstrators were not organised by his alliance but simply were citizens.