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Three people were killed in the election-related violence.

"It is an indictment for the MDC and it is a result of their intraparty wars where they split votes in the case of Nkayi South, while people like Edgar Moyo of Matobo North are known by the locals as progressive and development-minded and the people are optimistic looking forward, which shows that Zanu PF is reforming itself", Sibanda said.

Zanu-PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa called for calm in the wake of the protests and said he had reached out to Chamisa so the two could work together.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has announced 110 seats for Zanu-PF so far, and 41 for MDC Alliance, ZBC state media reported.

In an indication of the growing tension, a crowd of about 100 MDC supporters gathered outside a Harare hotel where election results were being announced but police blocked the entrance to the building, a Reuters witness said.

But the mood quickly descended into anger and chaos as supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) opposition declared they were being cheated in the election count.

Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu accused the opposition of using the presence of global election observers to "grandstand" and cause "anarchy".

Opposition supporters clogged the streets of Zimbabwe's capital Wednesday as the country awaited the results of the first leadership election since the end of Robert Mugabe's strongman rule previous year.

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

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On Tuesday, Biti alleged at a press conference at MDC headquarters in Harare that the authorities were delaying the publication of results because MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa had won the presidential election.

Another protester, Colbert Mugwenhi said, "We had no weapons". Zanu PF won the majority of seats in the rural constituencies with the MDC Alliance grabbing most urban seats.

A USA team said the election "fell short of what was needed", citing ZEC's lack of independence, the use of food, fertiliser and seed to buy votes and the ballot design which gave President Mnangagwa an inexplicably prominent position.

Soldiers fired on demonstrators during MDC protests in downtown Harare, AFP witnesses saw, with one man killed after being shot in the stomach. "We thought they were our savior in November but they fooled us", said newspaper vendor Farai Dzengera, saying that the brief dream of an end to decades of repression was over.

However, Mangwana is of the view that the ruling party has won despite ZEC having not announced the results, three days after the country's first plebiscites post the Robert Mugabe era.

"We expect that these results will become a reflection of what we are expecting in the presidential elections".

Inevitably, perhaps, the riot police then the army arrived and they gradually retook the city centre by force.

Chamisa, though, is not taking these results lightly. "We won the popular vote & will defend it!"

Meanwhile, officials from the electoral commission were read the results from the parliamentary contest in a stuffy meeting room in the Rainbow Hotel.