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Zim polls credible, says AU's Obasanjo

2013-08-02 11:02

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Harare - Zimbabwe's election was credible and fair, the chief of the African Union observer mission said Friday, but the bloc's report noted some problems with the voters’ roll and of people being turned away from polling booths.

President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF appeared confident of a sweeping victory, while the rival Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said the "sham" polls would plunge the country into crisis.

"We are very happy this morning. We are very confident and excited. We think there is a sense of victory for us," Zanu-PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said.

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He said the party expected to get between 130 and 140 seats in the 210-member parliament.

Results from about 30% of seats in parliament showed Zanu-PF taking a strong early lead, with 52 to the MDC's 10.

Mugabe's party managed to wrest control of some urban constituencies previously held by the rival MDC.

The final results of Wednesday's election must be announced by Monday.

Local elections observers noted there were serious problems with the voters’ roll in urban areas - long considered MDC strongholds.

Vote rigging

Tsvangirai has declared the elections to be "null and void" because of allegations of vote rigging.

Zanu-PF insists the polls were conducted in a "free and fair" manner, as does the Zimbabwe Election Commission.

In the 2008 election that was marred by violence, Tsvangirai won the first round but did not get enough votes to avoid a run-off. Widespread intimidation, including the deaths of some 200 of his supporters, forced him to pull out of the runoff.

The presidential poll results are only expected in the coming days. If no candidate gets at least 50% of the vote, a second round will be held September 11.

The 89-year-old Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe since 1980, has vowed to step down if he loses.

Africa's oldest head of state presided over a decade-long economic collapse, in part blamed on his policy of grabbing white-owned farms without compensation and fuelling hyper inflation.

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

- SAPA

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