Robert Mugabe's old party wins Zimbabwe election without him

DONE Polling stations officially closed

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The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) reported in its preliminary results that Emmerson Mnangagwa's party has won the majority seats in parliament, showing he picked up 109 seats against 41 for the opposition MDC.

The electoral commission said it may take until Saturday-the maximum allowed under the constitution-to declare the presidential victor in Monday's vote, which pitted Mr. Mnangagwa, the longtime strongman's successor against Nelson Chamisa, a lawyer barely half his age.

European Union observers on Wednesday criticised the Zimbabwe elections for being held on an "un-level playing field" as the opposition MDC protested against alleged widespread fraud by the election authority and ruling party.

Zimbabwe was once one of Africa's most promising economies but descended into corruption, mismanagement and diplomatic isolation in the latter stages of Mr Mugabe's administration.

Truckloads of anti-riot officers were called in to help clear the streets as tensions escalated.

Mugabe's 37-year rule ruined the country's economy and left it isolated on the global stage, so authorities are hoping that a credible election could herald a new era for the country and bring back foreign investment and prosperity.

The commission said it would delay releasing any results of the presidential race until all the votes are collated. The vote count in polling stations was reasonably well organised, though procedures were not always followed, inconsistencies were noted and there was inadequate light in some places. We've more votes than ED (Emmerson Dambudzo).

Opposition leader Chamisa accused the ZANU-PF of trying to steal the election. We have won the popular vote.

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The outcome will be announced once results from all provinces are received and verified, Priscilla Chigumba, the chair of the electoral commission, told reporters.

'I think the best thing is they got to announce the results as early as possible so that everyone will be settled, ' said 65-year-old voter Chaka Nyuka in the capital, Harare.

If no presidential candidate wins at least 50 percent of the ballots cast in the first round, a run-off vote is scheduled for September 8.

He added: "We have seen how we have won in those areas including rural areas, we were leading, and now they want to hide on the Zanu PF usual manipulation that they control rural areas".

Harare was tense as people waited to find out the victor of the presidential election, and about 150 opposition supporters gathered outside the hotel where results are being released.

African observer groups said the vote was peaceful, orderly and largely in line with the law but they raised concerns about bias of state media and the commission. They need a good change.

A Zanu-PF spokesman dismissed the opposition's allegations of interference, telling the BBC he had "no clue" what Mr Biti was talking about.

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