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Zimbabwe announces election results deadline
Mail and Guardian (SA)
July 13, 2013
Electoral Commission (ZEC) on Saturday vowed to announce the results
of the July
31 presidential polls, pitting veteran President Robert Mugabe
against rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, within five days
delayed announcing election
results in 2008 for six weeks when Mugabe came second to Tsvangirai
in the first round of the leadership race.
"The fifth of August
is the date on which, come hail, come thunder, we must announce
the results. That is what the law says," said Rita Makarau,
chairperson of the ZEC.
Under a new Constitution,
the ZEC must announce the results of the presidential election within
five days of voting, but results for members of Parliament are issued
earlier, she said.
In 2008, Tsvangirai's
first-round lead fell just short of an outright majority but Mugabe
went on to be declared the winner of a presidential run-off –
which Tsvangirai had pulled
out of in protest over violence.
July 31 crunch
The July 31 crunch vote will end the pair's power-sharing
government that was brokered with Mugabe as president and Tsvangirai
as prime minister to end an economic meltdown after the 2008 polls
Tsvangirai has complained
about the lack of implementation of key reforms in the electoral,
media and security sectors that were agreed by the unity government
On Sunday, soldiers,
police and essential services government staff on duty on election
day cast their special vote ahead of the general public vote on
About 87 000 people are
set to take part in the early vote.
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