Leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai, says his party will exhaust all legal remedies to challenge the results of the July 31 elections, as his long-time rival President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF bagged a landslide victory.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission on Saturday announced that Mugabe won the presidential election with 61 percent of the vote, compared with 34 percent for Tsvangirai.
Zanu-PF secured 160 of the 210 parliamentary seats, while MDC-T won only 49, a big plunge from the party’s 100 seats in the 2008 elections.
A total of 3 480 047 voters cast their ballots in the presidential election in a poll proclaimed by many local and foreign observers as being flawed.
“I, along with 14 other observers, do not agree that the elections were free and fair. The DA was asked to sign off on a statement declaring the elections free and fair. I refused as my observations indicate that the credibility and fairness of the elections are questionable due to irregularities with the voters’ roll”, said Masizole Mnqasela.
The Zimbabwean electoral commissioner, Mkhululi Nyathi, has resigned citing the unprofessional manner in which the elections were conducted. He also implied that the elections were not free and fair.
Tsvangirai, Prime Minister of the Zimbabwe coalition government, said at a press briefing in Harare home that his party will go to court and present evidence on why they are rejecting the elections, which he said were fraudulent.
He said that his party will not join government institutions under Mugabe and Zanu-PF rule.
Mugabe campaigned on the basis of his party’s pro-poor policies such as land reform and redistribution of the country’s vast mineral wealth. These policies are already being implemented.
On the other hand, Tsvangirai’s campaign was premised on job creation from promised western investment. – SAnews.gov.za