Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

GALLERY: Zim army, police clash with MDC protesters

GALLERY: Zim army, police clash with MDC protesters

State broadcaster ZBC had reported that the electoral commission would announce the presidential results at 12:30 local time (10:30 GMT), but only parliamentary results were read out. Another 58 seats are yet to be declared.

The House of Assembly of Parliament has 210 seats and ZANU-PF's two-thirds majority would allow it to change the constitution at will.

Zanu PF Harare provincial chairman Godwills Masimirembwa claimed Zanu PF property, including vehicles and a bus, were damaged and party employees injured. "A lot of the protesters I've spoken to say, 'We don't need to see any more".

Former President John Mahama and Chairman of the Commonwealth Elections Observer Mission in Zimbabwe has lauded the enthusiasm of Zimbabweans as they voted to elect a new president.

European Union chief observer Elmar Brok said there were "efforts to undermine the free expression of the will of the electors through inducements, soft intimidation, pressure and coercion... to try to ensure a vote in favor of the ruling party".

Mnangagwa's government has accused Chamisa and his supporters of inciting violence by declaring he had won.

Even before the violence, European Union observers questioned the conduct of the presidential and parliamentary vote, the first since Mr Mugabe's forced resignation after almost 40 years in charge of the southern African nation. "We are not going to rest".

Reports of frustration from citizens in Harare as results have not been announced. "We won the popular vote (and) will defend it", Chamisa wrote on Twitter.

As they danced to music blasting from speakers set up on a truck, police with water cannon circulated nearby.

The opposition party won in most urban centres.

The case is different outside the ruling party headquarters, as there was no sign of supporters or heavy presence of security agents.

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A Zanu-PF spokesman dismissed the opposition's allegations of interference, telling the BBC he had "no clue" what Mr Biti was talking about. Figures that are coming out are not the true picture that people are expressing.

A Harare-based political analyst with Zimbabwe Democracy Institute, Pedzisai Ruhanya, said that the results released so far could be a reflection of the will of the people but were not flawless.

"It seems the results so far could indicate the will of the people, especially the rural population, to be ruled by ZANU-PF", said Ruhanya.

Scores of his supporters who had been burning tyres in the streets then attacked riot police near the Zimbabwe Election Commision (ZEC) headquarters.

Robert Mugabe's old party Zanu PF have claimed victory in the first election held in Zimbabwe since the former dictator was pushed out of office past year.

The presidential results are yet to be announced.

Observers say it could be a tight race, but the opposition has said it will protest if their candidate is defeated.

"You can't rig our election.this is a military government", the crowd shouted.

Early on Tuesday Chamisa said he was "winning resoundingly", a claim repeated by senior officials over the course of the day.

In the first election since the former president was ousted from office by a quiet coup, yesterday's results showed there is strong support for the party that has dominated politics in Zimbabwe since its independence in 1980.

More than five million people were registered to vote, and there was a high turnout of 70 percent.

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