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    Paidamoyo Muzulu, The Independent (Zimbabwe)
    March 28, 2013

    MDC-T secretary-general 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%.

    According to 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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