'Because people are not yet settled, they're thinking of too many things, ' said 65-year-old Chaka Nyuka.

The protesters are "out on the streets saying, 'We are going to defend our vote, ' " NPR's Eyder Peralta reports from Harare, adding that the partial release of parliamentary results was enough to convince protesters of alleged fraud. Officers responded with tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets.

As gunfire echoed through downtown Harare, Mnangagwa called for calm and urge patience while results were collated.

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

The final result in the presidential poll is due by 4 August, but could be released sooner.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has until Saturday to announce the results but its chairwoman, Priscilla Chigumba, said she expects the announcement to be made well within that deadline.


The EU's assessment is critical in determining whether Zimbabwe can shed its pariah status as it could help attract investors and trigger an economic revival.

The ZEC "seeks to release results to buy time and reverse the people's presidential election victory", Chamisa said on his Twitter account.

Several hundred MDC supporters crowded around the party's headquarters Wednesday and started marching toward the electoral commission after Mr. Chamisa declared himself the victor.

Zanu PF United Kingdom branch chairperson, Nick Mangwana has already congratulated his party Zanu PF for attaining majority of National Assembly seats, with 72 % of declared by the ZEC.

Ballots are still being counted in the presidential election with results expected to be announced later this week.

"You can't rig our election...this is a military government", the crowd shouted.


The electoral commission said it would start announcing results for the presidential race but then pushed it back at least 24 hours.

Both the European Union and U.S. observer missions urged the release of the presidential results as soon as possible, with the lead observer for the United States team, former Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, warning that "the more the presidential vote is delayed, the more it calls into question the population's confidence in the election process".

More than five million people were registered to vote, and there was a high turnout of 70%.

MDC supporters burnt tyres and pulled down street signs as protests spread from the party headquarters in Harare.

"We have received a confidential report that (Vice President and retired Army) General Chiwenga has ordered the assassination of Nelson Chamisa and myself".

But his backers have leveled claims of rigging and intimidation by the ruling party that took over after Mugabe was ousted in November. The party now has an unassailable majority at 109 seats, while MDC-Alliance has 41, NPF has one seat and one independent.


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