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Voters were turned away in huge numbers
August 08, 2013
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The Zimbabwe Electoral Commision (ZEC) says that nearly 305,000
voters were turned away on July
31st, and that 207,000 voters were "assisted"
to cast their ballots.
These official figures
may support claims from Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC) that the vote was marred by massive fraud.
Mr. Tsvangirai's party
is planning to file court applications against the results of the
presidential and parliamentary votes.
Election Support Network (ZESN), which says it had around 7,000
observers on election day, goes even further and claims that about
one million voters were "systematically disenfranchised"
by being removed from the voters' roll or denied entry to polling
The final, official voters'
roll was released only on election day. Since then, the MDC says
it has found 838,000 entries with the same name, address and date
of birth but different ID numbers, 350,000 people who are more than
85 years old and 109,000 people aged over 100.
President Robert Mugabe,
Justice Minister Patrick Chinama, and other Zanu-PF officials have
dismissed criticism of the polls.
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