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Zim facing another disputed election stalemate
Bell, SW Radio Africa
August 01, 2013
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continue to speculate about the results
of Wednesday’s elections, analysts have warned that the
country could be facing another stalemate with the results being
results from Wednesday’s polls have not yet been announced
by the commission in charge of the elections. But results from different
constituencies were being leaked throughout the day on Thursday.
results have indicated that Zanu-PF will walk away as victors of
the 2013 electoral battle, with their former MDC partners in government
alleging massive rigging and fraud.
A report on
Wednesday morning by the Reuters news agency quoted a Zanu-PF source
who allegedly insisted that Robert Mugabe’s party had won.
taken this election. We’ve buried the MDC. We never had any
doubt that we were going to win,” the source, who could not
be named, told Reuters.
The MDC-T on
Wednesday then said the results were “null and void”
because of vote rigging in Zanu-PF’s favour and massive irregularities
in the voters roll.
Crisis Group also warned this week that a credible election was
unlikely, given the conditions under which the poll was held. The
group said in a report released Monday that the country was ‘inadequately
prepared’ for the polls and the conditions for a free and
fair poll did not exist.
Southern Africa Director Piers Pigou told SW Radio Africa on Thursday
that Zimbabwe could be heading once again into a “political
stalemate and impasse.”
I think heading towards a lose-lose situation, because it seems
that an election that is not credible and endorsed by regional bodies,
will make it extremely difficult for international community to
support this outcome. This has serious implications for the long-term
stability of Zimbabwe and has profound knock on effects for economic
recovery. And there’s a real concern than we are heading back
into a pre 2008 political standoff,” Pigou said.
He added that
the regional SADC bloc and the African Union (AU) face “severe
credibility tests,” if they endorse the outcome of the poll,
which he said is “likely.”
the head of the Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis Division at
the Institute for Security Studies, also agreed that an endorsement
by the African leadership bodies was likely, because “their
main concern with these elections was to make sure it was violence
free, and that has certainly happened.”
doesn’t mean that the process was free and fair. But the AU
and SADC are less concerned about the technicalities, where vote
rigging may have happened, than about the general environment under
which elections had taken place. Which means we are likely to see
an endorsement by whatever results are announced,” Handy told
SW Radio Africa.
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