The Latest on Zimbabwe’s election (all times local):
An independent election observers group is urging the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to urgently release results from individual polling stations to allay concerns about possible irregularities in Monday’s vote.
The local Zimbabwe Election Support Network says the commission should post the information on its website “to enhance transparency and accountability.”
The commission overnight announced that President Emmerson Mnangagwa won a free and fair election, but the opposition alleges the vote was rigged.
Six people died when the military cracked down on opposition protests in the capital, Harare, on Wednesday.
China’s government says it wants to work with the international community to safeguard Zimbabwe’s “peace, stability and development” after President Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared the winner of this week’s election.
“As a friendly country to Zimbabwe, we call on the relevant sides to keep in mind the relevant country and people’s interest and respect the choice made by the Zimbabwean people,” Geng Shuang, spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, said in Beijing.
China is a major investor in Zimbabwe, which faced its first election without former leader Robert Mugabe on the ballot. The opposition alleges the vote was rigged and says it will take its complaints to the courts.
Zimbabwe’s capital is unusually quiet hours after President Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared the winner of the national election, which began with a peaceful vote Monday but turned deadly when the military rolled into the streets 48 hours later.
Harare’s deserted roads appear to be free from the troops that circulated Thursday. Water cannons and police remain present, however, at the headquarters of the main opposition party, a day after authorities raided it.
The opposition says it will challenge in court the results of the election, which Mnangagwa won with just over 50 percent of the vote.
Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa on Twitter says “unverified fake results” were announced.
Vendor Roy Mukwena says Mnangagwa “won by force. No, I’m not happy, just because these elections were not free and fair.”