Zanu-PF poised for landslide

Zimbabwe's ruling party wins majority seats in parliament: Poll body

Zimbabwe's ruling party wins majority seats in parliament: Poll body

"The results are biased, trying to give the impression that ZANU has won", said Lawrence Maguranyi, 21, an MDC supporter and university student protesting at the party headquarters.

At least three people died in the chaos as the military was dispersed to the area.

Zimbabwe's Electoral Commission said it was still counting ballots cast for Mnangagwa, 75, and Nelson Chamisa, his 40-year-old opponent.

The country's electoral commission said on Wednesday it would set the date for the release of the final results "sometime tomorrow".

Director Jennifer Cooke of the Institute of African Studies at George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs, who appeared on VOA's Straight Talk Africa, said the international observers have role to play in addressing discrepancies in the election.

Races in some constituencies were so close that they could have gone to the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), had it not been split between Nelson Chinamasa's MDC Alliance and Thokozani Khupe's MDC-T.

But Mnangagwa's ruling ZANU-PF suggested the win would be his.

Human rights activists in Zimbabwe are condemning the military crackdown on opposition protesters in the capital, saying it raises questions about whether the current government is any different from that of former leader Robert Mugabe.

A soldier fires shots towards demonstrators, on August 1 2018, in Harare, as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election.

A spokesperson for the organisation said that by using live ammunition against unarmed protesters, "the army has broken the very same rule of law that they should protect".

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But the electoral body released the parliamentary results showing the ruling ZANU-PF has won 145 seats in the 210-seat parliament.

Mr Chamisa's spokesman, Nkululeko Sibanda, told journalists that the army's reaction was unjustified.

Mnangagwa tweeted his condolences to the families of those killed a day earlier and affirmed his commitment to accountability, pledging to bring those responsible to justice through an "independent investigation".

Also in attendance were Commissioners from the National Electoral Commission of Zimbabwe, Heads and representatives of Diplomatic Missions in Harare, representatives of political parties, faith-based groups, members of the public, members of civil society, and the media fraternity.

"We are exhausted of them stealing our votes". Ibhetshu likaZulu secretary general Mbuso Fuzwayo said it was sad that selfish opposition leadership donated Matabeleland seats to Zanu PF. "Kunashe and Mangwendeza owe the people of Bulawayo an apology and their leaders who deployed them", Fuzwayo said.

Zanu PF has won a big chunk of parliamentary seats in the results announced so far.

Results of the presidential poll are expected by Saturday. "We won the popular vote (and) will defend it", Chamisa wrote on Twitter.

Mnangagwa had promised a free and fair vote after the military ushered him to power when Mugabe was forced to resign.

This descent into violence, bloodshed and unrest is unlikely to help the president in efforts to end Zimbabwe's global pariah status.

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