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Morgan Tsvangirai: Zimbabwe election a ‘sham’

'SHAM ELECTION': Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai casts his vote in yesterday's election (PA)

ZIMBABWEAN PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Morgan Tsvangirai has dismissed yesterday’s national election as a “huge farce”, while sources in incumbent President Robert Mugabe’s camp are claiming a landslide victory.

Speaking at a news conference today, Prime Minister Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, said the results are “null and void”, accusing Mugabe supporters of rigging the election.

Tsvangirai’s allegations come after regional and national independent monitoring groups claimed up to one million people in urban areas were prevented from voting – largely in MDC strongholds.

Also, the MDC allege the Mugabe camp doctored the registered voting rolls, fraudulently adding about two million names of dead people were added, while legitimate voters were left off.

“In our view, that election is null and void”, Tsvangirai told reporters at his MDC headquarters.

“It's a sham election that does not reflect the will of the people.”

The 89-year-old Mugabe has been in power for 33 years, and his Zanu-PF party deny accusations of vote-rigging, insisting the election was conducted fairly.

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