Mugabe calls emergency press conference

2013-07-30 15:21
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Johannesburg –  President Robert Mugabe has called for an emergency press conference to reassure voters and observers that Wednesday’s voting will be free and fair.

With less than 24 hours to go before polls open, an MDC insider reportedly told eNCA that the press conference was a “desperate move by Mugabe" at last minute electioneering. 

Polling stations are due to open at 07:00 on Wednesday and heavy armed riot police have been deployed in potential election flashpoints.

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According to Reuters the run-down districts of the capital are hotbeds of support for Tsvangirai and were at the centre of several weeks of post-election violence in 2008, in which 200 people linked to his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) were killed.

However, this year both the MDC and Mugabe's Zanu-PF party predict landslide victories.

It is possible neither leading candidate will emerge an outright winner, triggering a 11 September run-off. That is a nightmare scenario for many of Zimbabwe's 13 million people who remember the 2008 violence.

Western election observers have been barred, leaving the task of independent oversight to 500 regional and 7 000 domestic monitors. The final results must be released within five days but may come sooner.

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