Zimbabwe poll fraud fears

ITV News has uncovered evidence of potential voting fraud, ahead of Wednesday's parliamentary and presidential elections in Zimbabwe. The evidence includes the registration of more than 100,000 voters who are apparently at least 100-years-old.

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Zimbabwe opposition rally gathers pace

The crowd of MDC-T supporters at a Harare rally has swelled to thousands. Credit: Andy Rex/ITV News

Thousands of MDC-T supporters have now gathered in central Harare in the final stretch of prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai's campaign to wrest the presidency from Robert Mugabe.

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Morgan Tsvangirai has promised a million jobs in five years if he wins the elections. Credit: Andy Rex/ ITV News

Almost 750,000 new voters have registered ahead of the July 31 polls. In past polls, the young have shunned elections but it is believed that this time, youth and rural voters may well decide the victor.

Mugabe has warned his rival that he will be arrested if he claims victory before official results are announced. Credit: Andy Rex/ ITV News

This year's short election campaign period has been largely free of the violence that has marred previous polls.

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Mugabe: Farm seizures prompted Western sanctions

President Robert Mugabe has reiterated his accusation that Britain urged western countries to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe in response to the controversial seizures of white-owned farms in the early 2000s.

Speaking to ITV News, Mr Mugabe said that Britain's then prime minister Tony Blair had been angered over the decision to go ahead with the redistribution programme.

"Because of that, he felt offended. He did not want to tell the rest of Europe what the actual cause of our differences was," he said.

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Mugabe addresses supporters ahead of Zimbabwe polls

President Mugabe, who is 89, says he is fit for yet another term in office. Credit: Andy Rex/ITV

President Robert Mugabe has been addressing voters at a ZANU-PF rally in Harare today. He has denied his party has rigged the forthcoming elections this week and insists they will be free and fair.

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Opposition vows to defeat Mugabe in Zimbabwe polls

Supporters of MDC-T have gathered at a rally in the capital Harare. Credit: Andy Rex/ITV News

Supporters of Morgan Tsvangirai's party MDC-T have gathered in Harare ahead of Wednesday's elections to back the prime minister in his bid for the presidency.

The MDC-T's popularity has slumped, but the party says it will not be denied victory this time. Credit: Andy Rex/ITV News

After four years in coalition with Robert Mugabe, Mr Tsvangirai says there is no basis for any government of national unity this time.

The MDC-T gathering, dubbed the "Crossover Rally" by the party, is being held in Harare's Freedom Square. Credit: Andy Rex/ITV

MDC-T supporters have faced intimidation by members of Mr Mugabe's ZANU-PF's youth wing in the run-up to elections, Mr Tsvangirai claims.

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Round 3: Robert Mugabe v Morgan Tsvangirai

  • Morgan Tsvangirai is making a third run at Zimbabwe's presidency this Wednesday
  • President Mugabe is seeking to extend his 33-year hold on power after leading the former Rhodesia to independence from Britain in 1980.
  • In 2008, presidential election results after five weeks showed Tsvangirai had beaten Mugabe but not by enough votes to avoid a run-off.
  • Mugabe has warned his rival that he will be arrested if he claims victory before official results are announced.
  • Tsvangirai has accused Mugabe's ZANU-PF party of trying to rig the polls, but says he expects an overwhelming victory.
  • This year's short election campaign period has been largely free of the violence that has marred previous polls.

Mugabe warns his rival ahead of Zimbabwe elections

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has warned his main rival Morgan Tsvangirai that he will be arrested if he claims victory before official results are announced in this week's elections

In his final campaign rally ahead of Wednesday's presidential and parliamentary polls, Mugabe said his ZANU-PF party was confident of victory.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace Credit: Reuters

Meanwhile, Morgan Tsvangirai told his supporters that although ZANU-PF was trying to rig the elections, he expected an overwhelming victory and did not have to wait for the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

In 2008, the election commission announced presidential election results after five weeks, which showed Tsvangirai had beaten Mugabe but not by enough votes to avoid a run-off.

Morgan Tsvangirai addresses his Movement For Democratic Change supporters Credit: Reuters