ZIMBABWE’S Electoral Act outlaws the announcement of election results polling returns “as the true or official results” by any person before an electoral officer does so.
This has not stopped some party officials, activists and ordinary citizens to take to social media to make their unofficial announcements.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), which started releasing results after 1500 CAT on Tuesday, the day after polling, has warned people to wait for official results and avoid speculating.
Here are some of the social media posts:
MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa’s tweet
Chamisa’s fellow MDC Alliance principal, Tendai Biti, also weighed in:
Not to be outdone, ZANU-PF official Nick Mangwana sent out a cautious-sounding tweet:
There were maps, even: