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BBC : Zimbabwe election: Zanu-PF 'has most seats', incomplete results show

BBC : Zimbabwe election: Zanu-PF 'has most seats', incomplete results show
BBC : Zimbabwe election: Zanu-PF 'has most seats', incomplete results show

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Image caption Zanu-PF supporters hold up pictures of President Emmerson Mnangagwa at a pre-vote rally

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has won the most seats in parliament, according to incomplete official results.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa's party is poised to win a substantial parliamentary majority in Monday's poll - the first elections since long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe was ousted.

The result of the presidential vote is expected later on Wednesday.

Earlier, the opposition MDC Alliance said that vote had been rigged and that its candidate Nelson Chamisa had won.

A preliminary report by the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) observer mission says that the elections were conducted largely in accordance with the law.

EU and US election monitoring teams are to issue their reports later on Wednesday.

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

There are 210 seats in the National Assembly's lower house.

Monday's polls attracted a high turnout of 70%.

State broadcaster ZBC has reported that the electoral commission will announce the presidential results at 12:30 local time (10:30 GMT).

Opposition splits show in votes

By Pumza Fihlani, BBC News, Harare

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

Races in some constituencies were so close that they could have gone to the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), had it not been split between Nelson Chinamasa's MDC Alliance and Thokozani Khupe's MDC-T.

The MDC broke into factions after the death in February of its veteran leader Morgan Tsvangirai as his deputies battled over who his successor should be. In the polls that split showed. It is a lesson for the opposition that in future they not to lose sight of the bigger prize.

Meet the frontrunners:

Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zanu-PF

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  • Known as "the crocodile" because of his political shrewdness - his party faction is known as "Lacoste"
  • Accused of masterminding attacks on opposition supporters after the 2008 election
  • Thought to be 75 years old, he promises to deliver jobs and is seen as open to economic reforms
  • Survived several alleged assassination attempts, blamed on supporters of ex-President Mugabe.

The 'crocodile' who snapped back

Nelson Chamisa, MDC Alliance

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  • His skull was fractured when beaten up by state security agents in 2007
  • Became an MP at 25, a cabinet minister at 31 and could become the youngest president at 40
  • A recently qualified pastor, he has been using the hashtag #GodIsInIt for his campaign
  • Has promised to rebuild the country's devastated economy, but has been criticised for making extravagant promises - such as the introduction of a high-speed bullet train and bringing the Olympics to Zimbabwe.

The crusader taking on Zimbabwe's 'crocodile'

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