Some Zimbabwe opposition supporters celebrate

2018-07-31 15:57
A man casts his ballot in a polling station located in the suburb of Mbare in Zimbabwe's capital Harare (Luis Tato/AFP)

A man casts his ballot in a polling station located in the suburb of Mbare in Zimbabwe's capital Harare (Luis Tato/AFP)

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Dozens of Zimbabwean opposition supporters have gathered at their headquarters in the capital, celebrating in the belief that they have won the presidential election despite the lack of official results.

The supporters are dancing to music blaring from speakers mounted on a truck at the offices of the Movement for Democratic Change party, which says it conducted its own count.

In much of Harare, the mood is quiet. Some people are quietly discussing unofficial results circulating on social media, while others openly argue that their political parties won Monday's election even though the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has yet to release preliminary results.

The commission has five days from the election to release the final tally, and it says it is confident of doing so within that time frame.

The leading contenders - President Emmerson Mnangagwa and MDC leader Nelson Chamisa - have issued upbeat assessments of how they did in the election. 

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