Concern over Mugabe vote win

Robert Mugabe has been declared the winner of Zimbabwe's election amid international concern over the conduct of the poll that secured his re-election.

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Tsvangirai: Zimbabwe election is a 'huge farce'

Zimbabwe opposition leader has dismissed Wednesday's election as a "huge farce" and said the results were invalid because of intimidation and ballot-rigging by President Robert Mugabe's ruling party, which is claiming victory.

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has branded the election a 'huge farce'. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"This has been a huge farce," Tsvangirai told a news conference at his MDC party's headquarters in Harare. "In our view, that election is null and void."


Zimbabwe monitors: Efforts to disenfranchise voters

Zimbabwe's leading domestic election monitoring agency - The Zimbabwe Election Support Network - has said there has been a "systematic effort to disenfranchise an estimated million voters".

A statement published on their website reads:

Generally the environment was relatively calm and peaceful. Based on the empirical reports from our observers, regardless of the outcome, the credibility of the 2013 Harmonised Elections is seriously compromised by a systematic effort to disenfranchise an estimated million voters.

– Zimbabwe Election Support Network

Monitors: 'Zimbabwe poll seriously compromised'

Zimbabwe's leading domestic election monitoring agency cried foul over this week's poll, saying the credibility of the vote was "seriously compromised" by irregularities on polling day.

Voters queue to cast their votes in Mbare on the outskirts of Harare. Credit: Facebook/Morgan Tsvangirai

Officials from the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) said urban voters, who mainly favour Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, had been turned away from polling stations in their thousands.

Conversely, only a small number had been prevented from voting in the countryside, where President Robert Mugabe has most support, ZESN officials told a news conference.

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