Electoral body urges Zimbabweans to remain calm as they await presidential vote results

Zimbabwe's electoral commission says it will announce the results of the presidential election at 21:00, after Western election observers urged their immediate release to avoid further tensions.

The commission is urging the public to remain calm and condemns the violence in the capital, Harare, on Wednesday that left three people dead.

Both the opposition and Western election observers have questioned why the presidential results, which were the first counted, are the last to be shared publicly. The opposition has raised fears about possible vote-rigging of the kind that marked past elections under former leader Robert Mugabe.

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