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Referendum figures manipulated - Biti
Muzulu, The Independent (Zimbabwe)
March 28, 2013
Tendai Biti on Tuesday said exit polls conducted by his party’s
polling agents indicate the referendum
figures were “tweaked” by between 10 and 15%.
Biti, far less than 3,3 million votes announced by the Zimbabwe
Electoral Commission (ZEC) were cast in the referendum
of March 16.
The Zec figure means this plebiscite recorded the highest voter
turnout since Independence in 1980. Speaking at a public discussion
hosted by the Sapes
Trust in Harare, Biti expressed the MDC-T’s doubts over
the veracity of the number of ballots cast as released by Zec.
“There is a 10 to 15% variance between Zec’s figures
and those collated by our own team of agents who covered all the
polling stations nationally,” said Biti.
Biti said his party was dismayed that some constituencies and districts
recorded a higher voter turnout than the population ordinarily resident
in the areas according to the last census statistics.
“We did not announce our own set of results out of respect
for Zec and (Justice) Rita Makarau but we are fairly convinced by
our parallel processes,” said Biti.
“In some constituencies in Midlands, Masvingo, Mashonaland
East and Matabeleland South provinces, the number of people who
voted in the referendum is more than the number of people enumerated
in the (2012) census in those provinces,” he said.
He said the differences could be explained by either that there
were serious inaccuracies in census figures or that Zec “cooked”
the referendum results.
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