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Posted on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 10:58

Zimbabwe: MDC unable to prove election rigging - MDC-T official

By Janet Shoko

A top MDC-T official has admitted that her party lost the July 31 elections to rival President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and they were still to find evidence to back their rigging claims.

 

MDC vice president, Thokozani Khupe admitted during a political meeting that MDC-T was still battling to obtain tangible evidence to show that Zanu-PF rigged.

The MDC-T has been claiming that it has a dossier containing full "proof" of alleged poll irregularities.

Khupe's admission is in sharp contrast to views still held by her leader, Morgan Tsvangirai.

they've been around for a long time, and probably could have won with or without games

"As the party leadership, we have been to all the provinces and we have been told 'chilling stories' of how Zanu PF stole the election," she said.

"We are yet to get any substantive information to provide the world. We wanted ZEC (the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission) to avail us with the material that was used during the voting process, but they refused."

Khupe said focus should now shift to 2018 elections.

Mugabe won the presidential vote by almost 61%, while Zanu PF garnered more than two thirds of the parliamentary seats and insists the polls were free and fair.

Tsvangirai says there is evidence proving that thousands of voters were forced to plead illiteracy in order to be "assisted" when casting their ballots.

MDC-T believed more than 500,000 voters were disenfranchised, as they were turned away from polling stations without voting.

Last week, former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan said Mugabe and Zanu PF could have won the elections "with or without games", as the world warms up to the veteran ruler after over a decade in isolation.

Annan, one of Mugabe's harshest critics, told Britain's Guardian newspaper, that Zanu PF was well organised and the party had experience.

"We've seen the economic and political debate and the difficulties in and around Zimbabwe," he said. "The last elections have been declared 'free' and 'fair'; I don't think they used the word 'credible'.

"I think the results have been accepted and he (Mugabe) has a good party organisation, they've been around for a long time, and probably could have won with or without games."

A report from Solidarity Peace Trust (SPT) says Zanu PF's surprise victory was a result of the party's hard work and blunders by Mugabe's opponents.

SPT's report titled The End of A Road: The 2013 Elections in Zimbabwe predicts that July 31 could have marked the death of opposition politics in the country in its current form.

The report said Zanu PF went back to the drawing board after its electoral defeat in 2008, coming up with strategies that the MDC formations could not match.



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