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Council poll results dismissed as comical
Tererai Karimakwenda, SW Radio Africa
August 16, 2013
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31st council elections, that were finally released Thursday,
have been dismissed by both MDC formations as a joke, with Zanu-PF
claiming landslide victories in a majority of local councils countrywide.
figures released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), candidates
representing Robert Mugabe’s party now dominate the country’s
rural and urban councils, having won 1,493 out of a total 1,958
wards. The MDC-T won 442.
translate to a 76% Zanu-PF majority in local councils, a greater
landslide than the 61% Robert Mugabe claimed in the disputed presidential
poll. “Zanu-PF completed its rout of MDC-T”, the state
run Herald newspaper announced, boasting of its master’s victory.
But both MDC
formations were quick to dismiss the figures, insisting the results
are a reflection of the wider manipulation of ballots by ZEC and
MDC-T deputy National Organising Secretary, said their party dismisses
the whole election process as a fraud. He explained that focusing
on just the local government would legitimize a process that was
fraught with irregularities.
have said the party that claims to have won did not win this harmonized
election. They are not even celebrating. They stole the votes. We
ask the simple question, if you live in a community and know that
you all voted for party A, why would the results announced then
be different,” Bhebhe told SW Radio Africa.
He added that
in provinces like Manicaland and Masvingo, the MDC-T won overwhelming
majorities in 2008. But 5 years later Zanu-PF is claiming a landslide
in those areas, when nothing has changed.
now in control of both houses of parliament and local government,
many Zimbabweans are extremely concerned about the future.
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