Zimbabwe’s ruling party ZANU-PF has won a majority of seats in Parliament, the electoral commission announced Wednesday, as the country awaits the first official results of the presidential election.
The party won 109 seats while the main opposition MDC party had 41 in the country’s 210-seat House of Assembly. The commission said 58 seats had yet to be declared.
The commission says it will announce the results of Zimbabwe’s presidential race, pitting President Emmerson Mnangagwa against opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, only after all the votes have come in from across the country. Western and other election observers were poised Wednesday morning to give their first public assessments of the election and whether it was free and fair.
The opposition alleges the elections have irregularities, saying voting results were not posted outside one-fifth of polling stations as required by law. Mnangagwa’s government, meanwhile, accused Chamisa and his supporters of inciting “violence” by already declaring he had won Monday’s election, the first after former leader Robert Mugabe stepped down in November under military pressure.