Zimbabwe election: ZANU-PF wins parliamentary majority, electoral body says

Supporters protest against alleged widespread fraud by the election authority after the announcement of election's results in the streets of Harare on Wednesday

Zimbabwe election: Both sides certain of winning

Mnangagwa's government, meanwhile, accused Chamisa and his supporters of inciting "violence" by already declaring he had won the election, the first after former leader Robert Mugabe stepped down in November.

Separately, European Union election observers released a report noting "soft intimidation" and an "unlevel playing field" during the leadup to Monday's historic vote - the first since the ousting of long-time leader Robert Mugabe.

Electoral officials warned that gathering the results of Monday's poll, which President Emmerson Mnangagwa said looked "extremely positive" for him, was "nowhere near" complete and no announcement would be made until as late as Saturday.

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) and the Commonwealth observers said on Wednesday that the voting process was largely free and fair.

Press and Public Relations, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the sad development, saying the three are yet to be identified and are at Parirenyatwa Hospital mortuary. Another 58 seats are yet to be declared.

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. Officers responded with tear gas and water cannon.

"I was making a peaceful protest". "This is our government". This is exactly why we wanted change.

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The MDC leader tweeted: "THANK YOU ZIMBABWE ..."

"We have won this one together".

Chamisa's spokesman, Nkululeko Sibanda, told reporters the army's reaction was unjustified.

The city centre resembled a war zone, as soldiers drove in their armoured vehicles and indiscriminately fired live ammunition at anyone they found in the central business district, with several passersby caught in the cross fire. "Call on Zimbabwe's political leaders to take responsibility for ensuring calm & restraint at this critical moment".

Presidential election results are not yet out.

"We had no weapons". Why are the army here beating us?

The unrest bodes ill for a country that has suffered multiple violent election cycles. We've more votes than ED (Emmerson Dambudzo).

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Soldiers move in to disperse crowds of opposition Movement for Democratic Change supporters outside the party's headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018.

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

The assessments are critical for Zimbabwe, because foreign governments, including the US, have made any financial aid conditional on holding democratic elections.

He accused Zanu-PF of trying to "manipulate" the results, called V11 forms. Numerous protesters tried to get into the National Results Centre (NRC). "A lot of the protesters I've spoken to say, 'We don't need to see any more".

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.

The EU assessment is critical in determining whether Zimbabwe can fix its image and attract the foreign investors needed for an economic revival.

Though some results in local races have been announced, she said full and official results might not be announced until the weekend.

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