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The under-fire Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says it is in the process of verifying returns for the presidential elections from all the polling stations, hinting the exercise takes time to complete.
In a media briefing today, ZEC commissioner, Qubani Moyo, who is the election management body's spokesperson, said the people of Zimbabwe should be patient as the ZEC "meticulously" verifies the tallies from the presidential plebiscite in which the opposition has already claimed victory.
Moyo said the ZEC was guarding against a disputed outcome and was undertaking the vital process alongside chief election agents of all 23 presidential candidates.
Constitutionally, ZEC has up to Saturday to tell the nation the results.
Supporters of MDC Alliance candidate, Nelson Chamisa besieged the streets of Harare yesterday protesting the delayed announcement of results, alleging vote rigging and attempts by ZEC and Zanu PF to manipulate the poll results.
Moyo said he would announce during another press conference at, either, 4pm or 5pm when ZEC would release the official figures of the do-or-die vote to State House.
"We will, by that time, be in a position to tell you when the presidential results will be announced," Moyo told journalists in Harare.
Meanwhile, the army and police maintained a heavy presence in the CBD in anticipation of a recurrence of riots. The State security agents could be seen, in some instances, commandeering citizens out the city centre telling them to go back home.  
The protests in the aftermath of the watershed plebiscite, which were met with heavy-handedness by the army, left three people dead, according to police figures, although the number of casualties is reportedly higher at six.
What triggered the violent demonstrations in Harare are the suspiciously high numbers announced by ZEC for House of Assembly results in favour of Zanu PF which has already bagged 145 seats.
In some cases, the figures are more than registered voters in those constituencies taking into account that the voter turnout was estimated at 75%.
ZEC yesterday suspiciously pulled down its official website containing the figures of voters who registered during the biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise that preceded compilation of a new voters' roll which the ZEC refused to give opposition parties despite repeated demands.
Moyo defended the move alleging their website had been hacked. TOP NEWS.

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