Zimbabwe election rocked by claims of Chamisa ‘assassination plot’

Robert Mugabe's old party wins Zimbabwe election without him

Zimbabwe election: Both sides certain of winning

"The strategy is meant to prepare Zimbabwe mentally to accept fake presidential results".

Troops have opened fire in Zimbabwe's capital Harare after opposition supporters went on the rampage.

"Of the 153, ZANU-PF has won 110 seats, while the MDC Alliance got 41 seats", ZBC state media reported. "We need security for the people".

"Opposition parties have never enjoyed the freedom of meeting their supporters the way they have been doing‚ so they have perhaps misinterpreted our understanding to being weak‚" he said.

After first indicating it would release presidential vote totals on Wednesday, the electoral commission said it would wait until Thursday, adding that agents for the more than 20 candidates must verify them first.

Several hundred MDC supporters gathered outside the party headquarters in Harare, chanting and shouting that they had won the elections.

The deployment of soldiers and clashes with protesters set back President Emmerson Mnangagwa's efforts to shed Zimbabwe's pariah status after decades of repression under Robert Mugabe, who was ousted in a coup in November.

The opposition has spoken of vote-rigging, saying results were not posted outside a fifth of the country's almost 11,000 polling stations.

"ZEC is taking its time to transmit results from polling stations to wards and to constituency centres, and this delay is totally unacceptable particularly in urban centres like Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare and Masvingo", he said. Zimbabwe's electoral commission says "sometime tomorrow" it will say when those will be released.

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Mnangagwa also took to Twitter, calling for calm and urging patience before the results were announced.

As the African nation awaited results from its presidential election on Monday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa tweeted that "we have been in communication" with challenger Nelson Chamisa and that "we must maintain this dialogue in order to protect the peace we hold dear".

"The longer it lasts.the more a lack of credibility will arise in Zimbabwe", said Elmar Brok, a European Union lawmaker who heads the bloc's observer mission.

Parliamentary results show the ruling Zanu-PF party heading for a big majority. We've more votes than ED [Emmerson Dambudzo].

Meanwhile, officials from the electoral commission were read the results from the parliamentary contest in a stuffy meeting room in the Rainbow Hotel.

Pfigu said he was optimistic on election day for the country's first vote without Mugabe, who ruled for almost four decades, on the ballot.

The crowds had been there since the morning but when news came that Zanu-PF had won the majority of seats in parliament and that the presidential results were not ready, the mood turned. One independent candidate and a member from a party linked to Mugabe also won one seat each.

ZEC is mandated to declare the final results not later than August 4. Nick Mangwana, ZANU-PF spokesman, stated that the party was happy with the results.

Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor, yesterday said results had not been posted outside 21% of the country's almost 11,000 polling stations, raising concerns about possible vote-rigging.

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