Regional observers declare Zimbabwe election free and fair

Zimbabwe election results Could the opposition party win

The EU's assessment is critical in determining whether Zimbabwe can fix its image and attract the foreign investors needed for an economic revival.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said ZANU-PF had won 109 of the 153 seats confirmed so far, while 41 seats went to the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

However, police responded by bringing armoured trucks, including water cannons and that parked outside the MDC-T party headquarters, much to the disappointment of the protesters who challengingly started to march towards the Zec headquarters, Zanu PF headquarters and Rainbow Towers Hotel, where results were being announced.

A United States team said the election "fell short of what was needed", citing ZEC's lack of independence, the use of food, fertiliser and seed to buy votes and the ballot design which gave President Mnangagwa an inexplicably prominent position.

The BBC reports that the announcement on the presidential poll was not made because representatives of some of the 23 candidates had failed to turn up to verify the results.

"I would like to ask for as fast as possible the release of the presidential election", he said.

State broadcaster ZBC reported that the electoral commission would announce the presidential results at 12:30 local time (10:30 GMT).

But ZANU-PF denied the Opposition's accusations of manipulating the vote even as hundreds gathered in the streets of Harare to protest the results.

The first parliamentary results trickled in this morning and put Emmerson Mnangagwa in the lead to win the landmark election in Zimbabwe.

"The strategy is meant to prepare Zimbabwe mentally to accept fake presidential results". The 40-year-old vibrant leader says they have "won the popular vote". "No amount of results manipulation will alter your will", he tweeted before the army were deployed.

But the mood quickly descended into anger and chaos as supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) opposition declared they were being cheated in the election count. The situation was under control as police secured the area.

Mnangagwa has called on Zimbabweans to "desist provocative declarations and statements".

Analysts have said it was unclear whether the country's generals, who ousted Mugabe and ushered Mnangagwa into office, would allow an MDC victory. Its population of 13 million is struggling amid shortages of foreign currency, unemployment above 80 percent and lack of foreign investment.

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has won the most seats in parliament, according to incomplete official results.

Many Zimbabweans looked to the vote as a launching pad for a return to the kind of global acceptance and relative prosperity that the country enjoyed in the first part of the rule of Mugabe, who took office after independence from white minority rule in 1980.

'We will not steal their choice of leaders, we will not subvert their will, ' Chigumba said.

The opposition has alleged irregularities, saying voting results were not posted outside one-fifth of polling stations as required by law.

Several hundred MDC supporters crowded around the party's headquarters Wednesday and started marching toward the electoral commission after Mr. Chamisa declared himself the victor.

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