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Zimbabwe Election Results

Global Totals: Zimbabwe Election Results Baffling

The results of the Zimbabwe election over the weekend seem a little like spring weather: if you don't like it, wait five minutes. Not just eager voters awaiting results, even news outlets are conflicted over how to report the tallies that are being released in a trickle, batch-by-batch.

In just the past few moments, the Washington Post reports, "Initial Tallies Show Mugabe Vulnerable, and All Africa says, "Mugabe Set to Claim Victory." Not to be outdone, the International Herald Tribune says, "Zimbabwe's Ruling Party and Opposition Tied in Early Poll Results."

The longer the results take, the more voters worry that untoward action on the vote totals is happening behind the scenes. And they have reason to worry — to see why,

. One journalist went on a journey to see for himself if he could vote using the ID of an 86-year-old who'd been dead for 10 years. He could. Poll workers even directed the young and clearly not dead writer to the correct voting location.

Adding to this story is a great compilation of on-the-scene dispatches from the BBC. One young voter text-messaged, "they denied many youth to vote because they knew they were the ones to vote them away with various reasons. " Voter apathy also reigned with an email saying the attitude of many was, "what's the point? The outcome is predetermined."

Robert Mugabe has been in power since Zimbabwe claimed independence from Great Britain in 1980.

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EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 9 years
Dear god I really hope it's all over soon. Mugabe should have been out a very very long time ago. He should have been out when those images of the work camps were released. Here's hoping that there's a better future in store for the Zim very soon! Wishing you guys the best of luck Nyaradzom2001!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
Still more lies and still no results!!!
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
Well, I still hope the best for you, and that you are safe! Please be safe.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
I doubt it Kris latest word on the street is Robert Mugabe has refused to accept defeat and the army has ordered the electoral commission to declare mugabe the winner with 52% of the vote, they say the MDc is engaged in talks right now with army leaders to ensure that that doesn't happen but who knows it is now 6pm in zimbabwe and still no word on the results. God I can't take the suspense anymore!!!!
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
Nyaradzom, I hope to hear good news for you!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
citizen our TV has been on BBC since yesterday mornign and we are all on our laptops listening to zimnetradio waiting and speculating. We have had calls from Zimbabwe, England, South Africa, China, everyone was celebrating yesterday when we found out what had happened but now everyone is so tense wondering what the hell is going on. People have been ordered to stay indoors even those at work and the streets aren't normally as busy as they are. All we want is for the truth to come out and for morgan to take his rightful place as our leader 6 years after his first win.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Hi nyaradzom2001! I hoped you'd tell us what was going on! Thank you for this update- your comment was more helpful than anything in the news so far. Keep us posted if you can :)
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
here is the story as it is. the results were tallied and postd outside polling stations for people to see. With all the results posted outside it became clear that the MD had won 98 out of 120 seats, 191 out of 210 sets and had walloped Robert Mugabe in the presidential elections 60% to 30%. The results didn't come out, my mom said they didn't even have the news bulletin last night so far they have released 38 seats with the MDC and ZANU neck and neck or so they say but some of these results are beign queried as it it was posted outside the stations that the MDC had wonm. Now people sya they are being quiet because they are workign to rig the elctions or they are quiet trying to find a way to save face in the face of massive defeat either ROBERT MUGABE'S DAY OF RECKONING HAS COME!!!!!!!!! We know who our president is and that is Morgan Tsvangirai!!!
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