Are the 2008 Zimbabwe Presidential Elections Rigged?

Zimbabwe Presidential Elections Rigged!Cartoon by Tom Scott of The Dominion Post featured in the April 2nd edition. (Click on image to enlarge.)

It has been five days since Zimbabweans took to polling stations and there has been no word as to who won the presidential elections. MDC has been claiming that they have won the elections stating that they have 50.3% and Mugabe 43.8% but there has been no official word from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. However, official results show that Mugabe has lost the majority in parliament which may mean the same thing for the presidential elections but people should not hold their breath because in the past, Mugabe has often done what he wants to do. The ZEC has said that they will release the results on Friday the 4th but that is not a given. Mr. Tsvangirai and a number of key figures from both MDC and Zanu PF have been seen in public talking about the elections but the man of the moment President Robert Mugabe had not been seen in public since the elections but he has resurfaced vowing to fight the good fight to hold on to presidency.

Here are some interesting things that some people have said through out the election period:

Teresa Makoni (MDC) – “It’s straight plain rigging.”

George Charamba (spokesperson for President Robert Mugabe) – “The present delay owes more to thoroughness than to all those sinister motives you are imputing on our impeccable electoral system.”

Tendai Biti (MDC Secretary General) – “President Morgan Richard Tsvangirai has won this election. He has won this election without a run-off.”

Bright Matonga (Zanu-PF Spokesman) – “We are not going to see a Kenyan situation. Zimbabweans are very mature, there is no need to fight, as Zimbabweans we don’t have a problem. The problem is coming from the MDC handlers, the United Kingdom and the United States, they are so eager, they want to see the back of President Mugabe, they want Mugabe to go. I think this is an opportunity for Mr. Tsvangirai to give back land to the white man and that’s wish full thinking and that’s a dream that will never come true.”

Heidi Holland (Author of Dinner with Mugabe) – “Mugabe is a strategist of note. He has outwitted all his opponents to date. That doesn’t mean his day won’t come.”

Boniface Chidyausiku (Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to the UN) – don’t write him off…..if one member fails to get 50% + 1 there is need for a run-off so I think if that comes up he will take the challenge.

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6 Responses to Are the 2008 Zimbabwe Presidential Elections Rigged?

  1. Steve Hayes April 6, 2008 at 12:48 am #

    Official or semi-official spokesmen were talking about the thorooughness in counting the votes, and saying that people should not impute sinister motives for the delay, because they only had to release the results after six days.

    But the six days have passed and there is still no word. Can we start imputing sinister motives now?

  2. Living Zimbabwe April 6, 2008 at 3:20 pm #

    Very true. It has been more than six days and the only thing I see going on now is Zanu PF trying to buy themselves time to try and come up with a way of making sure they don’t lose. There are now reports out that they are accusing MDC of poll fraud. Allegations like that are usual mad by MDC towards Zanu PF. Makes me wonder?

  3. KOGY April 8, 2008 at 9:16 pm #

    I think this is beyond rigging now. It seems the margin of defeat was so big that even playing with the figures does not seem to help. So to them the best way out is not to give the results.

    How can they ask for a recount of the results they do not know?

    What I don’t know is why they think they are the best to lead the country and no one else. Is their management of the country that very good.

  4. APP Funds April 19, 2008 at 1:29 pm #

    It`s really sad to look at Zimbabwe now. I wish you all the best, my friend !

  5. Anonymous October 29, 2008 at 7:17 pm #

    great

  6. Anonymous October 29, 2008 at 7:18 pm #

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