the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission(ZEC) finally got around to announcing results in the presidential election heeld at the end of March. The ZEC figures give opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai 47.9% of the total which falls short of the necessary 50% to avoid a runoff. But, the Movement for Democratic Change(MDC) insists their tallies, which were taken at the time of the election, indicate Tsvangirai received 50.3% of the vote. the MDC noted that both Mugabe’s representative and its representative presented on Tuesday the same number of votes for Mugabe, but, for some strange reason, ZEC chairman Chiweshe showed a figure for Mugabe that contained an additional 120,000 votes. To add an interesting twist to the situation, Tsvangirai’s vote total was reduced by the same figure which somehow wound up in the total for third party candidate Simba Makoni. If the 120,000 figure is eliminated, thenTsvangirai has 50.3 %.
During the past seven weeks, Mugabe has unleashed hundreds of thugs to intimidate, beat, and kill supporters of Tsvangirai. Farms of the few remaining white farmers have been seized by these criminals and hundreds of Zimbabweans forced off the land without any place to go. Perhaps, the most ridiculous statement to emerge from this fiasco is one issued from Mugabe’s office which states: “The presidential result as announced does not reflect the genuine expression of the will of the Zimbabwean people given the mny anomalies, m alpratices, feflation of figures relating to Zanu-PF.”
In other words, the Mugabe police and army were somehow bullied out of the way by Tsvangirai supporters who took over control of the Mugabe appointed Electoral Commision and altered voting tallies!! Send in the clowns to make this circus have a sense of reality.