A vendor scurries for cover with her wares as soldiers disperse demonstrators on August 1 2018, in Harare, after protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. - Protests in Zimbabwe's historic elections turned bloody on August 1 as a man was shot dead during demonstrations over alleged vote fraud and the president appealed for calm. The man died after soldiers fired live ammunition during opposition protests in downtown Harare, AFP reporters saw. (Photo by Zinyange AUNTONY / AFP) (Photo credit should read ZINYANGE AUNTONY/AFP/Getty Images)

Violence and Voting in Zimbabwe

The death toll rises as the country awaits the results of its contentious presidential election.

Warning: This story contains photographs that are violent and disturbing.

Tensions are running high in Zimbabwe’s capital of Harare after police confirmed three people were killed during protests surrounding the country’s presidential election, which some allege was marred by fraud. Monday’s vote was the first since former president Robert Mugabe was forced out of power in November. Mugabe’s successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, is running against opposition leader Nelson Chamisa. Supporters of Chamisa say the vote was rigged in favor of Mnangagwa; their protests have been met with gunfire from government soldiers, with both sides now blaming the other for the violence. Zimbabwe's Electoral Commission warned that final presidential results may not be known until Friday or Saturday.

Here, the latest images of the unrest.

TOPSHOT - Supporters of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), protest against alleged widespread fraud by the election authority and ruling party, after the announcement of election's results, in the streets of Harare, on August 1, 2018. - Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party won the most seats in parliament, official results showed on August 1, 2018, but EU observers criticised the Zimbabwe elections for being held on an 'un-level playing field'. (Photo by Luis TATO / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUIS TATO/AFP/Getty Images) LUIS TATO/AFP/Getty Images PROTESTS ERUPT In the streets of Harare, supporters of the opposition party (MDC) protest what they say was widespread fraud by the election authority and the ruling ZANU-PF party. TOPSHOT - A supporter of Zimbabwean opposition MDC Alliance allegedly beaten up by soldiers sits with blood on his face as other protesters assist him in Harare on August 1, 2018, as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. - Protests in Zimbabwe's historic elections turned bloody on August 1 as a man was shot dead during demonstrations over alleged vote fraud and the president appealed for calm. The man died after soldiers fired live ammunition during opposition protests in downtown Harare, AFP reporters saw. (Photo by Luis TATO / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUIS TATO/AFP/Getty Images) LUIS TATO/AFP/Getty Images VIOLENCE IN THE STREETS An opposition supporter helps a fellow protester who was allegedly beaten by government soldiers.

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TOPSHOT - A man casts his ballot in a polling station located in the suburb of Mbare in Zimbabwe's capital Harare, on July 30, 2018 during the first round of general elections. - Zimbabwe goes to the polls in its first election since authoritarian leader Robert Mugabe was ousted last year, with allegations mounting of voter fraud and predictions of a disputed result. (Photo by Luis TATO / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUIS TATO/AFP/Getty Images) LUIS TATO/AFP/Getty Images CASTING HIS VOTE A man casts his ballot at a polling station in the suburb of Mbare, July 30.
TOPSHOT - People hoist a man allegedly shot by soliders onto a pick up truck in central Harare on August 1, 2018 as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. - Protests in Zimbabwe's historic elections turned bloody on August 1 as a man was shot dead during demonstrations over alleged vote fraud and the president appealed for calm. The man died after soldiers fired live ammunition during opposition protests in downtown Harare, AFP reporters saw. (Photo by Luis TATO / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUIS TATO/AFP/Getty Images) LUIS TATO/AFP/Getty Images DEADLY CLASH People hoist a man allegedly shot by soliders onto a pick up truck.
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TOPSHOT - People stand around a man allegedly shot by soldiers and lying on the ground in central Harare on August 1, 2018 as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. - Protests in Zimbabwe's historic elections turned bloody on August 1 as a man was shot dead during demonstrations over alleged vote fraud and the president appealed for calm. The man died after soldiers fired live ammunition during opposition protests in downtown Harare, AFP reporters saw. (Photo by Luis TATO / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUIS TATO/AFP/Getty Images) LUIS TATO/AFP/Getty Images GREAT LOSS The man allegedly shot by government soldiers in Harare. According to reports, at least three people were killed during the violent confrontation between officers and protesters.
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TOPSHOT - Zimbabwean anti riot police officers close the gate of the Rainbow Towers where the election's results were announced, as supporters of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), protest against alleged widespread fraud by the election authority and ruling party, in Harare, on August 1, 2018. - Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party won the most seats in parliament, official results showed on August 1, 2018, but EU observers criticised the Zimbabwe elections for being held on an 'un-level playing field'. (Photo by Luis TATO / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUIS TATO/AFP/Getty Images) LUIS TATO/AFP/Getty Images RIOT GEAR Anti-riot officers close the gate of the Rainbow Towers where some initial election results were announced. TOPSHOT - A supporter of Zimbabwean opposition MDC Alliance push a barrel in front of a fire in Harare on August 1, 2018, as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. - Protests in Zimbabwe's historic elections turned bloody on August 1 as a man was shot dead during demonstrations over alleged vote fraud and the president appealed for calm. The man died after soldiers fired live ammunition during opposition protests in downtown Harare, AFP reporters saw. (Photo by Luis TATO / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUIS TATO/AFP/Getty Images) LUIS TATO/AFP/Getty Images RUNNING FROM THE FIRE A supporter of the opposition retreats from a street fire in Harare. TOPSHOT - Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe (C) his daughter Bona (C) and wife Grace cast their votes at a polling station at a primary school in the Highfield district of Harare during the country's general elections on July 30, 2018. - Zimbabweans cast their ballots on July 30 in the country's first election since authoritarian leader Mugabe, 94, was ousted last year, with concerns over fraud and the likelihood of a disputed result clouding voting day. (Photo by Zinyange AUNTONY / AFP) (Photo credit should read ZINYANGE AUNTONY/AFP/Getty Images) ZINYANGE AUNTONY/AFP/Getty Images MUGABE RETURNS Former President Robert Mugabe (center) casts his vote alongside his daughter Bona and wife Grace. The former ZANU-PF leader surprised viewers after calling for voters to reject his former party's candidate. TOPSHOT - Supporters of Zimbabwean opposition MDC Alliance take part in a protest in Harare on August 1, 2018, as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. - Protests in Zimbabwe's historic elections turned bloody on August 1 as a man was shot dead during demonstrations over alleged vote fraud and the president appealed for calm. The man died after soldiers fired live ammunition during opposition protests in downtown Harare, AFP reporters saw. (Photo by Luis TATO / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUIS TATO/AFP/Getty Images) LUIS TATO/AFP/Getty Images FIGHT THE POWER Supporters of the opposition party protest in the streets. TOPSHOT - A Zimbabwean soldier beats a man in a street of Harare on August 1, 2018 as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. - One man was shot dead, AFP witnessed, after the Zimbabwean army opened fire in central Harare on Wednesday as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. President Emmerson Mnangagwa on August 1 called for peace as police fired water cannon and teargas at opposition supporters in Harare over alleged fraud in Zimbabwe's elections. (Photo by Zinyange AUNTONY / AFP) (Photo credit should read ZINYANGE AUNTONY/AFP/Getty Images) ZINYANGE AUNTONY/AFP/Getty Images SHOW OF FORCE A soldier beats a man in the streets of Harare.
An injured man's feet are seen while lying on the sidewalk as soldiers disperse demonstrators, on August 1 2018, in Harare, after protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. - Protests in Zimbabwe's historic elections turned bloody on August 1 as a man was shot dead during demonstrations over alleged vote fraud and the president appealed for calm. The man died after soldiers fired live ammunition during opposition protests in downtown Harare, AFP reporters saw. (Photo by Zinyange AUNTONY / AFP) (Photo credit should read ZINYANGE AUNTONY/AFP/Getty Images) ZINYANGE AUNTONY/AFP/Getty Images AFTERMATH An injured man's feet are seen lying on the sidewalk as soldiers disperse demonstrators.
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A demonstrator holds a placard as he kneels in front of police water cannons, on August 1 2018, in Harare as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. - Protests in Zimbabwe's historic elections turned bloody on August 1 as a man was shot dead during demonstrations over alleged vote fraud and the president appealed for calm. The man died after soldiers fired live ammunition during opposition protests in downtown Harare, AFP reporters saw. (Photo by Zinyange AUNTONY / AFP) (Photo credit should read ZINYANGE AUNTONY/AFP/Getty Images) ZINYANGE AUNTONY/AFP/Getty Images SIGN OF THE TIMES A protester holds a sign that reads "We don't want fake results" as he kneels in front of police water cannons. TOPSHOT - Supporters of Zimbabwean opposition leader of the MDC Alliance party make the party's palm gesture as they gather at the MDC Alliance headquarters in Harare, on July 31, 2018. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images) MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images COME TOGETHER Supporters of Chamisa make the oppostion's palm gesture as they gather at the MDC Alliance headquarters in Harare. TOPSHOT - An Apostolic Church member prays in the evening in an open field in the Mbare township in Harare, on July 30, 2018. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images) MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images A QUIET PRAYER An Apostolic Church member prays in an open field in the Mbare township of Harare on election day.



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