Opposition party supporters react after police fired tear gas, in Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Hundreds of angry opposition supporters outside Zimbabwe's electoral commission were met by riot police firing tear gas on Wednesday as the country awaited the results of Monday's presidential election, the first after the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

The Latest: Armed troops in streets of Zimbabwe's capital

August 01, 2018 - 9:44 am

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's election (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

Armed troops are on the streets of Zimbabwe's capital to try to disperse hundreds of opposition protesters angry about alleged manipulation in the country's election.

Smoke is rising in Harare from burning vehicles. Trucks carrying security forces are circulating in the streets.

The opposition supporters had gathered outside the compound of the electoral commission and were met by riot police who fired tear gas.

Election observers from the European Union and United States are warning that presidential results should be released as soon as possible to avoid "volatility."

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3:25 p.m.

Zimbabwe's president is warning against making "provocative statements" as hundreds of angry opposition supporters protest in the capital and riot police fire tear gas. "Now is the time for responsibility and above all peace," President Emmerson Mnangagwa says on Twitter.

European Union and U.S. election observers are warning about the delay in announcing the presidential results and urge their release as soon as possible.

The electoral commission says it will advise "sometime tomorrow" when it will begin announcing those results. It has five days from Monday's vote to release them.

The lead EU observer points out that the presidential results were counted first and wonders why they are being announced last.

Meanwhile, opposition challenger Nelson Chamisa is again claiming victory over Mnangagwa and says on Twitter that "No amount of results manipulation will alter your WILL."

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2:55 p.m.

The U.S. observer mission to Zimbabwe's elections says delays in releasing the result of the presidential vote are causing "suspicions, tensions and volatility."

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former Liberian president and head of the observer mission of the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute warns that "the more the presidential vote is delayed, the more it calls into question the population's confidence in the election process."

She says that "the presidential results should be announced as quickly as possible to bring confidence in the elections back to the people."

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission says it will announce "sometime tomorrow" when it can start releasing presidential results. It has five days from Monday's election to release them.

The opposition is accusing the commission of deliberately delaying.

The U.S. observer mission says the commission should take immediate steps to publish a spreadsheet of the voting results that can be scrutinized by the public. The mission also criticizes the "extreme bias of the state media" and the layout of the presidential ballot, which put President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the top right-hand corner.

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2:50 p.m.

Angry supporters of Zimbabwean opposition leader Nelson Chamisa are roaming downtown Harare, denouncing the government after official election results showed a ruling party victory in parliament.

Protesters tore down a billboard with an image of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his campaign slogan: "The voice of the people is the voice of God."

Riot police backed by armored vehicles with water cannon are in the area but have not moved in to break up the demonstration.

Opposition supporters also marched to and from the gates of a compound where the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has been announcing results. Police padlocked the main gate.

The opposition alleges the vote was rigged. Results of the presidential race have not yet been announced and the electoral commission says it will update on that "sometime tomorrow."

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2:30 p.m.

Zimbabwe's electoral commission says it will say "sometime tomorrow" when it can start announcing the results of the presidential election.

The commission has five days from Monday's election to announce the results. It says "most of the presidential results are here with us" but that agents from all 23 candidates have to verify the results first.

The opposition has accused the commission of delaying the announcement, and the European Union observer mission has wondered openly why the presidential results were the first counted but the last to be shared publicly.

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2:15 p.m.

Zimbabwe's electoral commission says it is waiting to announce the results of the presidential election until the agents of all 23 candidates present themselves and go through a "verification process" with the results forms.

The commission chief says "most of the presidential results are here with us." It is not clear when they will be announced. The commission has five days from Monday's election to announce them.

The opposition has accused the commission of delaying the announcement, and the European Union observer mission has wondered openly why the presidential results were the first counted but the last to be shared publicly.

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1:15 p.m.

The European Union observer mission says "a truly level playing field was not achieved" in Zimbabwe's election as the country awaits the results of the presidential vote.

The EU mission points out the "misuse of state resources, instances of coercion and intimidation, partisan behavior by traditional leaders and overt bias in state media" but says Monday's election was largely peaceful in a break from the past.

The assessments of Western and other observers, many who returned to Zimbabwe after being barred for nearly two decades, are crucial in the possible lifting of international sanctions on this southern African nation.

The EU mission says this is a preliminary statement and more is expected on how the election results are handled and announced. This is the first vote in Zimbabwe since the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe.

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12:40 p.m.

Dozens of angry Zimbabwe opposition supporters have gathered outside the gates of the electoral commission and have been met by a line of riot police.

The country is waiting for the release of the results of Monday's peaceful presidential election, the first without longtime leader Robert Mugabe on the ballot. He led the country for 37 years marked by repression of the opposition.

The electoral commission says the ruling ZANU-PF party has won a majority of seats in Parliament. The opposition has raised concerns about alleged vote-rigging, saying election results were not posted outside 21 percent of the country's nearly 11,000 polling stations.

The secretary-general for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change says that "what is not free and fair cannot be acceptable" and threatens to go to court.

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11:15 a.m.

Election observers from southern African nations have commended Zimbabwe for a peaceful, orderly election, though they also identified some shortcomings in how it was conducted.

The Southern African Development Community says Zimbabweans had the "opportunity to exercise their constitutional right," and applauds the government for allowing more international observers for Monday's vote.

Manuel Domingos Augusto, the Angolan foreign minister and SADC representative, calls the elections "a political watershed in Zimbabwe's history, as they may open a new chapter leading towards socioeconomic recovery and consolidation of democracy."

Augusto says efforts should be made to allow the millions in Zimbabwe's diaspora, barred from voting abroad, to vote in future elections.

He also refers to criticism of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for the late release of the voters' roll, as well as bias toward the ruling party by state media and traditional leaders.

He urges anyone with grievances to refrain from violence.

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11 a.m.

Dozens of Zimbabwean opposition supporters are gathering for a second day outside party headquarters, but earlier celebrations have been replaced by defiance and bitterness at what they believe is a stolen election.

Members of the Movement for Democratic Change are chanting anti-government slogans as police with water cannons are nearby.

"I am pained when I think of my vote," the opposition voters sang after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said the ruling ZANU-PF party had won a parliamentary majority in Monday's election. Presidential results have not yet been announced but state media say they are expected within two hours.

The opposition says the vote was rigged, while the electoral commission and President Emmerson Mnangagwa say the election was free and fair.

"They have stolen the election," says 78-year-old Iddah Hanyani. "I want my vote back."

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10:40 a.m.

Zimbabwe's electoral commission is set to announce results of Monday's presidential election in two hours.

That's according to state-run media. The commission has said it would wait to announce the presidential results until all votes had come in from around the country.

The announcement is expected at 12:30 p.m. local time (1030 GMT).

The race pits President Emmerson Mnangagwa against opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, whose supporters on Tuesday were already claiming victory based on agents in the field throughout the country. They also are raising concerns about alleged vote-rigging.

The commission has announced that the ruling ZANU-PF party has won a majority of seats in Parliament.

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9:45 a.m.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission says the ruling ZANU-PF party has won a majority of seats in Parliament.

ZANU-PF has now won 109 seats versus the main opposition MDC party which has taken 41 seats in the country's House of Assembly which has 210 seats.

According to the electoral commission's early morning announcement, 58 parliamentary seats are yet to be declared.

The commission said it will only announce the results of Zimbabwe's presidential race, pitting President Emmerson Mnangagwa against opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, after all the votes have come in.

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