Riot policemen on Friday chased away journalists waiting for a news conference by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.
Chamisa slammed the “fake results” of the country’s historic election that returned incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa to power.
In his tweet, the 40-year-old leader of the Movement for Democratic Change said The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s “scandal of releasing unverified fake results is regrettable,”
“ZEC denied our election agent access to results before the announcement. ZEC must release proper and verified results endorsed by parties,” Chamisa tweeted.
Results released overnight Thursday gave Mnangagwa 50.8 percent of the vote and Chamisa 44.3 percent.
Chamisa rejected the outcome outright while Mnangagwa welcomed the results and called for peace,
“The level of opaqueness, truth deficiency, moral decay, and values deficit is baffling,” the MDC leader said.
Chamisa’s spokesman attempted to give a speech during the televised presentation of the results but was heckled and booed offstage by locals who said they wanted to hear from the commission.
Harare – which voted heavily for Chamisa – was quiet Friday with no signs of celebration.
There had been an uneasy calm in the city since a brutal crackdown on protesters by security forces on Monday, in which six people were killed.
The poll was the first in almost four decades without longtime leader Robert Mugabe on the ballot.