Zimbabwe's ruling party wins majority in parliament, opposition questions poll

DONE Polling stations officially closed

DONE Polling stations officially closed

The leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, Nelson Chamisa said on Twitter he had won the "popular vote" in Monday's parliamentary and presidential in which he faced off against Mugabe's successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa from the ruling Zanu-PF party.

The commission postponed announcing results of Monday's tightly fought presidential race, pitting President Emmerson Mnangagwa against opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.

More 58 constituencies are yet to be declared, but ZANU-PF only needs 140 seats to the garner the 2/3 majority in Parliament.

Robert Mugabe's old party Zanu PF have claimed victory in the first election held in Zimbabwe since the former dictator was pushed out of office past year.

Zimbabwean state media reported on Wednesday that an announcement of the presidential elections was due to be made at 12.30pm today. You can't announce elections results in dribs and drabs.

ZEC chief Priscilla Chigumba said the presidential result may not be ready until Saturday.

The MDC members say "they have stolen our election".

Voters traditionally pick a presidential candidate based on their party affiliation and the trend in the parliamentary election was expected to continue when results for the president are announced this week.

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Support for Zanu-PF historically has been deepest in rural areas, particularly the party's Mashonaland heartland, where more than two-thirds of Zimbabwe's 17 million people live.

On the other hand, former Advisor to the late MDC President Alex Magaisa has complained that ZEC's failure to jointly announce Presidential elections results together with House of Assembly is a ploy by the elections management body to rig polls in favour of Mnangagwa.

The rival claims pointed to a contested result, raising the prospect of competing fraud allegations and a possible run-off vote in September - required if no candidate wins at least 50 percent of ballots in the first round.

After vote-rigging allegations in previous elections under Mugabe, Mnangagwa this time allowed European Union observers back into the country for the first time in years.

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

"The strategy is meant to prepare Zimbabwe mentally to accept fake presidential results". "A lot of the protesters I've spoken to say, 'We don't need to see any more".

It followed a surprise press conference at which he stunned observers and called for voters to reject ZANU-PF, his former party.

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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