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MDC rejects SADC, AU election report

2013-08-03 10:00

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Cape Town - Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change party said on Friday that SADC and the AU observer missions should not force the party to accept the results of the just ended general elections.

According to News Day, the party’s spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said its council will meet on Saturday to craft the way forward.

The AU on Friday lauded the elections and declared them as free and fair although the bloc’s report noted some problems with the voters’ roll and of people being turned away from polling booths.

"The MDC totally rejects the election which was a monumental fraud by Zanu-PF and State agents together with traditional leaders," said Mwonzora.

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MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Thursday described the elections as a "farce".

Meanwhile the country’s neighbours have urged calm after early vote results indicated a landslide win for President Robert Mugabe who is seeking to extend his 33-year rule.

Full results of Wednesday's poll have yet to be announced, but Mugabe's camp has claimed a shock landslide victory.

Partial results have given the 89-year-old a commanding lead, with his Zanu-PF party garnering 87 seats out of 120 declared.

For all Zimbabwe election stories please visit our Zimbabwe Special Report Page.

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