Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The wait for Zimbabwe's poll results continues

By Ilhaam Hoosain
29 April 2008


The verification process of the election results in Zimbabwe's presidential election has not yet began.

On Monday the Zimbabwe Election Commission said that recounting has been completed in five of the 23 disputed constituencies and that the verification of presidential ballots will commence today.

According to the SABC, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says they have been told not to come near the command centre until they are invited.

The wait for the March 29 election result has led to a standoff that has raised fears of bloodshed and drawn opposition accusations that President Robert Mugabe is trying to rig the outcome.

Political analysts say that a win for Mugabe, would deepen the economic collapse of the once prosperous country. But Western powers, they say, are likely to pour in aid and investment if victory goes to the MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

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