Zimbabwe election: Both sides certain of winning

"We believe in transparency and accountability, and those responsible should be identified and brought to justice", he wrote on his official Twitter channel.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has announced 122 seats for Zanu-PF so far, and 53 for MDC Alliance, ZBC state media reported.

Despite the opposition's allegations that the voting was flawed, the election commission has said there was no rigging or cheating in the elections that saw an average turnout of 75%.

This group has lost all faith in the electoral system and says they will not stop until their man is in the top job - except that's not quite how elections work.

Police have invoked a strict security act that forbids public gatherings. Soldiers are circulating in Harare, telling vendors and other people to leave the city centre by noon. "We are not going to accept defeat", he added. "Are we at war?"

Armored vehicles have appeared on the streets in Harare. The electoral commission warned that final results of the presidential first round may not be known until Friday or Saturday.

Anti-riot police stand guard at gate of Rainbow Towers where election results were announced.

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 Mugabe stepped down in November. Fifty-eight of the 210 seats in the National Assembly lower house were yet to be declared.

"I would like to ask for as fast as possible the release of the presidential election", he said. "No amount of results manipulation will alter your WILL". Both the European Union and U.S. missions urged the release of the presidential results as soon as possible.

More than five million people were registered to vote, and there was a high turnout of 70%. The MDC Alliance claimed it had the "popular vote" and would win the presidential poll.

Worldwide monitors gave their first assessments of the election, saying it was conducted in a relatively free environment and was a big improvement over past votes marred by violence and irregularities, although they noted significant problems.

She added that the United Kingdom was monitoring the situation closely and further advised British nationals in Harare to check the latest travel advisory issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

"You voted for total Change in this past election!" the lawyer and minister said. The results are a gimmick to try and prepare Zimbabwe for a rigged election.

A Harare-based political analyst with Zimbabwe Democracy Institute, Pedzisai Ruhanya, said the results released so far could be a reflection of the will of the people but were not flawless.

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

In the capital Harare many people went about their usual daily grind, including queuing up for scarce cash outside banks.

Watching the results trickling in from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) in the early hours, it became apparent that the ruling Zanu-PF would have a majority in parliament.

THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says it has not received any official complaints from parties and candidates who contested the country's election on Monday as it also announced official results will start trickling in around 3pm this Tuesday.

Supporters of Chamisa's MDC party have blocked streets and burned tyres.

  • Leroy Wright