Zimbabwe ruling party wins majority seats in Parliament

Zimbabwe's incumbent President and candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa arrives for his closing presidential campaign rally in Harare

Image Mr Mnangagwa has promised a free and fair election but some have their doubts

The candidate for Zimbabwe's main opposition party accused the ruling ZANU-PF of trying to steal a presidential and parliamentary election on Wednesday after official figures gave President Emmerson Mnangagwa's party a majority in parliament.

Zanu-PF has won the majority of seats in parliament after sweeping rural constituencies by huge margins, official results released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) showed.

There are 58 seats are yet to be announced.

The election is the first since longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down in November under military pressure after 37 years in power.

The presidential results are yet to be announced.

The latest results show it has 109 MPs, with opposition party MDC taking 41. Though some results in local races have been announced, she said full and official results might not be announced until the weekend.

'I think the best thing is they got to announce the results as early as possible so that everyone will be settled, ' said 65-year-old voter Chaka Nyuka in the capital, Harare.

Speaking at a press conference in the capital, Harare, the MDC Alliance's Tendai Biti said there was a clear attempt by Zanu-PF to interfere "with the people's will".

Supporters of Nelson Chamisa in Johannesburg say they are willing to go to Zimbabwe to join protests against the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

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There have been celebratory scenes outside the MDC Alliance headquarters in Harare.

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

Zanu PF United Kingdom branch chairperson, Nick Mangwana has already congratulated his party Zanu PF for attaining majority of National Assembly seats, with 72 % of declared by the ZEC.

If no presidential candidate wins at least 50 percent of the ballots cast in the first round, a run-off vote is scheduled for September 8.

Zimbabweans were desperately hoping the peaceful election held on Monday would lift them out of economic and political stagnation after decades of Robert Mugabe's rule. "The strategy is meant to prepare Zim mentally to accept fake presidential results", he tweeted.

On Wednesday the European Union's electoral monitoring team is due to deliver its much-anticipated report on the conduct of the campaign, the polls and counting processes.

But just hours later, President Mnangagwa said he was "positive" of the election outcome in Zanu PF's favour.

Mr. Brok said that ballots for the presidential vote were counted first in polling stations.

Whoever wins will face a mass unemployment crisis and an economy shattered by the Mugabe-era seizure of white-owned farms, the collapse of agriculture, hyperinflation and an exodus of investment.

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