Robert Mugabe team claims to win Zimbabwe election: Source at ruling party
A senior source in the ruling party of Zimbabwe, ZANU-PF, says President Robert Mugabe has defeated Prime Minster Morgan Tsvangirai in the presidential election. Claim
“We’ve taken this election. We’ve buried the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). We never had any doubt that we were going to win,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, on Thursday.
In response to the claim, a high-ranking source in Tsvangirai’s MDC party issued a statement saying that “Zimbabweans have been taken for a ride by ZANU-PF and Mugabe, we do not accept it.”
On the same day, police said that “people who announce results of elections before the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission” would be arrested.
Vote counting began immediately after the presidential and parliamentary elections ended on Wednesday night.
Some 6.4 million people, or half of the Zimbabwean population, were eligible to cast their ballots at 9,670 polling stations across the country.
Five presidential candidates are competing in the race, including Mugabe and Tsvangirai.
The two rivals have been sharing power since 2009, following a deal brokered by a regional bloc to end the unrest that had sparked after the 2008 election.
In that election, violence broke out, forcing Tsvangirai out of the race despite a first round win after 200 of his supporters were killed in the turmoil.