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Zimbabwe Election Goes to Second Round

Posted on May 2, 2008
Robert Mugabe

What’s with the mustache? Robert Mugabe, president since 1987, has been accused of trying to rig the vote and, upon failing to do so, delaying the release of election results.

The election for Zimbabwe’s presidency made one reluctant step forward Friday as poll results were finally announced after over a month of intimidation, violence and other acts of political thuggery. Opposition candidate Morgan Tsangirai managed to beat out incumbent-for-life Robert Mugabe but failed to receive more than 50 percent of the ballots, forcing a second round of voting.

The BBC:

The long-awaited results of Zimbabwe’s presidential poll have been announced, with the opposition’s Morgan Tsvangirai winning 47.9%, forcing a second round.

Election officials say Mr Tsvangirai beat President Robert Mugabe’s 43.2%, but neither candidate passed the 50% threshold for an outright win.

A spokesman for Mr Mugabe said the result brought no surprises.

But Mr Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said the result was “scandalous daylight robbery”.

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By Kiwi, May 3, 2008 at 6:42 am Link to this comment

A Zimbabwean friend tells me of elements of the military “standing over” and intimidating the vote-counters in rural districts making sure they count “correctly” He is worried about a military coup coming soon

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By PatrickHenry, May 2, 2008 at 6:04 pm Link to this comment

Diebold anyone.

Just saw Hacking Democracy on HBO.  It will make you cry. 

No wonder it is so hard to unseat encumbents.

As Stalin once said “Its not the votes that count but who counts the vote”.

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By Elizabeth, May 2, 2008 at 12:29 pm Link to this comment
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The vote must have been overwhelming for the opposition if this is the best they can do after one month of “counting” votes. This is the group who printed up three times more ballots than needed.

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