Connect to share and comment

A snapshot of Zimbabwe's elections

PlacardEnlarge
(Globalpost/GlobalPost)

Here is a snapshot of developments since Zimbabwe held disputed elections on Wednesday.

The 89-year-old President Robert Mugabe is running against his rival and reluctant partner in an uneasy coalition for the past four years, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

--WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013--

- Zimbabweans flock to cast their ballots in presidential, legislative and municipal elections. Many form long queues in the cold hours before polling stations open.

- As he casts his ballot, Mugabe dismisses allegations of vote rigging, saying people will be able to vote "freely and fairly".

- Casting his own ballot, Tsvangirai expresses confidence he will win an overwhelming victory.

- The MDC lists a battery of irregularities -- including one million being turned away. The voters' register had been released less than 24 hours before balloting began.

- The Electoral Commission reports "a high voter turnout generally at all polling stations".

- The African Union's top poll observer, Olusegun Obasanjo, says shortly after polling stations close "the conduct of the election... has been peaceful, orderly, free and fair".

--THURSDAY, AUGUST 1--

- Mugabe's ZANU-PF party claims that it has "romped to victory".

- Zimbabwe election observers in the Zimbabwe Election Support Network say the vote was "seriously compromised".

- Tsvangirai describes the election as a "huge farce" and "null and void".

- Riot police deploy near the MDC's offices.

- A veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader, Roy Bennett, calls for a mass campaign of passive resistance.

--FRIDAY, AUGUST 2--

- Mugabe is likely to win from 70 to 75 percent of the vote, his party says. According to one politburo official, results will show it has a two thirds majority in parliament, enough to amend the constitution.

- The AU says the vote was "free... credible".

- Southern African regional bloc SADC says it is too early to declare the election fair, but notes the vote was free and passed off without violence. It calls on all parties to accept the result.

- The MDC says it will not recognise the results.

acm/bc/jmy/arb/bm

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130804/snapshot-zimbabwes-elections-0