Zimbabwe election protesters clash with police

A voter has their finger marked ahead of casting a vote in the Zimbabwean elections on 30 July 2018

The MDC accused the election commission of deliberately delaying results of this week's vote to favour the ruling party, reporting irregularities in the first poll since the removal of Robert Mugabe in a bloodless November coup.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said of 210 parliamentary seats, 153 had been counted with Zanu-PF winning 110 and the MDC Alliance 41.

The electoral commission had said it would start announcing results for the presidential race from 10.30 GMT but election officials said they would announce the results from Thursday.

Violence has erupted in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare. Police fired tear gas and soldiers toting automatic rifles, on foot and armored vehicles, moved into the area where crowds had assembled and were chasing away protestors.

The elections in Zimbabwe are the first since Robert Mugabe was forced out of his presidency previous year.

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With elections under Mr Mugabe marred by fraud and often deadly violence, Mr Mnangagwa had promised a free and fair vote and invited global observers.

The EU mission also said it would deliver a more detailed assessment of how the election results are handled and announced at a later stage. We've more votes than ED (Emmerson Dambudzo). We have won the popular vote.

"We will not subvert [the people's will]", she said at a press conference, rejecting allegations that there was rigging.

Before the violence, EU Chief Observer Elmar Brok said he did not yet know if the shortcomings would have a material effect on the outcome of the vote, but criticized the electoral commission for being at times "one-sided". They believe the election has been stolen, and are demanding the MDC be announced as victor.

Zec has announced some of the results in the parliamentary elections but says it needs time to pull together the figures for the presidential poll from across the country.

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That would be required if no candidate wins at least 50 percent of the ballots cast by Zimbabwe's 5.6 million voters in the first round. Otherwise, a run-off election will be held on 8 September.

"A truly level playing field was not achieved", European Union chief observer Elmar Brok said, pointing to the "misuse of state resources, instances of coercion and intimidation, partisan behaviour by traditional leaders and overt bias in state media".

European Union (EU) and USA election monitors have been allowed into the country for the first time in 16 years to assess whether the elections are free and fair.

The regional SADC bloc, in its preliminary report, said Wednesday that the campaign and election had "proceeded in a peaceful and orderly manner and were largely in line" in Zimbabwean law.

The tension in Harare grew after officials from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) accused the electoral authorities of stealing their win after a delay in official results. 'They need a good change.

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"There is no way that ZANU-PF will accept an MDC victory".

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