At least 3 killed in Zimbabwe post-election violence

At least 3 killed in Zimbabwe post-election violence

At least 3 killed in Zimbabwe post-election violence

MDC did not immediately respond to the parliamentary results but earlier on Wednesday party leader and presidential contender Nelson Chamisa, 40, said the presidential results were being faked.

On Wednesday, the election commission announced that the ruling ZANU-PF had taken majority of the seats in parliament, winning 109 out of 210 seats with 41 going to the opposition MDC and 58 yet to be allocated. With more results to be declared, the party has a chance of gaining the two-thirds majority that would allow it to change the constitution at will.

Zimbabwe's electoral commission said it expects to start announcing presidential elections results from Thursday, as there were allegations of disputes around tallies that were posted outside polling stations.

The parliamentary results strengthened the chances of President Emmerson Mnangagwa holding power, but triggered MDC demonstrations in Harare and fears of clashes between angry opposition supporters and the government.

The observers had been invited by the ZANU-PF's leader, President Emmerson Mnangagwa as part of his "guarantee" of a "free, fair and transparent election" and their verdict on the poll was mixed.

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. The electoral commission says the vote was credible.

European Union observers voiced concern about delays in releasing the results of the presidential contest, a two-horse race between Chamisa and Mnangagwa, head of the ruling ZANU-PF party.

A man who was shot in the back by a live round fired by the Zimbabwean Army lies on the ground bleeding during a protest against the vote count in Harare.

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Mr. Mnangagwa had tweeted Tuesday morning that reports from his own party representatives were "extremely positive".

A Harare-based political analyst with Zimbabwe Democracy Institute, Pedzisai Ruhanya, said the results released so far could be a reflection of the will of the people but were not flawless. "We won the popular vote & will defend it", Mr. Chamisa said.

"We have won this one together". The electoral commission warned that final results of the presidential first round may not be known until Friday or Saturday.

"For Zimbabwe to embrace democracy and move on from the past, such practices must stop", the team's chief observer, Elmar Brok, said in a statement released Wednesday.

The case is different outside the ruling party headquarters, as there was no sign of supporters or heavy presence of security agents. He said he did not understand why the election commission was taking so long to release results and that it would lose credibility with further delays. One independent candidate and a member from a party linked to Mugabe also won one seat each.

Zimbabweans desperately hope the peaceful vote will lift them out of economic and political stagnation after decades of Mr Mugabe's rule, but the country is haunted by a history of electoral violence and manipulation that means trust is scarce.

He said: "SADC tell me, what you observing, what are you observing?"

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