MDC supporters are now dancing and chanting around the police truck as police get on and then off again.
The public order act prohibits political gatherings. Police don’t seem to be acting. There is a host of local and international journalists on scene – Carien du Plessis
Police now seem to be negotiating with Chamisa’s lawyer
Bronte Hotel is where many of the foreign reporters as well as some observers from the Commonwealth’s mission are staying. – Carien du Plessis
Police came into Bronte Hotel where journalists were waiting for Nelson Chamisa’s press conference to start and ordered journalists out of the hotel in a threatening manner.
Everyone is outside the hotel in the street. Carien du Plessis
Zimbabwean police with batons and shields have broken up a press conference by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, who has alleged rigging of the presidential election.
Police have chased away reporters without explanation.
There is no sign of Chamisa. – AP
Just before announcing the results, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chief Priscilla Chigumba made a passionate plea for the country to remember the upbeat and peaceful atmosphere of polling day.
“It is my most humble wish that we as Zimbabweans should continue in this spirit that we had on election day and that we should move on in this spirit,” Chigumba said, before declaring Emmerson Mnangagwa the winner in the early hours of Friday.
But the election that ZEC ran has done little to build confidence that Zimbabwe has entered a new era of free and transparent voting after autocratic leader Robert Mugabe was ousted last year. – AFP
Eye Witness News is reporting that the MDC is set to announce its own presidential results soon.
This is despite the declaration by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission that President Emmerson Mnangagwa won the election.