Anxious Zimbabwe awaits presidential results as European Union mission notes election flaws

Anxious Zimbabwe awaits presidential results as European Union mission notes election flaws

"I believe that the parliamentary results were released first as a psychological ploy to dampen opposition expectations regarding the presidential vote", Prof.

Earlier, violence erupted in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare.

Mr Mnangagwa took over the ZANU-PF party after ousting Robert Mugabe in a bloodless coup in November. MDC officials also questioned possible discrepancies in the vote count from small, rural constituencies that they say are posting numbers higher than their voting population.

"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.

Chamisa, 40, said. He also accused the commission of announcing the parliamentary results first to "reverse the people's presidential election victory", and "prepare Zim [Zimbabwe] mentally to accept fake presidential results".

On Thursday, soldiers were on guard outside the headquarters of the ruling ZANU-PF party, while armoured personnel carriers, water cannon trucks and police anti-riot vans drove through Harare sporadically pausing outside the MDC headquarters.

The violence appeared to dash the hopes of Zimbabweans that the peaceful vote would lift them out of decades of economic and political stagnation under Mugabe, but the country is haunted by a history of electoral violence and manipulation that means trust is scarce.

With three seats yet to be declared, Zanu-PF had 144 seats compared to 61 for the MDC, meaning the ruling party achieved a two-thirds majority which would allow it to change the Constitution at will.

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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.

Mnangagwa, a former deputy president who fell out with Mugabe and then took over from him, has said his showing in the election was "extremely positive" while urging people to wait for official results.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is by law given up to five days to release the results. 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.

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". We've more votes than ED (Emmerson Dambudzo).

Police patrol outside the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission offices in Harare, Zimbabwe.

"You voted for total Change in this past election!" the lawyer and minister said.

Vote counting began at polling stations across the country after polls closed Monday evening.

MDC Alliance's Tendai Biti said there was a clear attempt by Zanu-PF to interfere "with the people's will". The uncertainty about the results had triggered fears among opposition activists that the government or the military could refuse to cede power if the Zanu-PF was defeated.

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