This is just a Farce
Here we are - three weeks after the election and they are still
say who won the ballot for the post of President. The reasons are
Morgan won and they just cannot work out how to handle the situation.
know the result and are trying to avoid the inevitable consequences of
making it public. Had Mugabe won, they would have been crowing 24 hours
after the election!
When the polls closed on the 29th March counting was done at each
station and the results posted on the doors of the polling stations in
form of a copy of the form V11 that recorded the result of the count
from then onwards provided the legal basis of the final tally. While
final results of the local government, House of Assembly and Senate
were determined locally in each electoral district; the presidential
was tabulated at a national control center in Harare.
The results of each election were duly announced within 48 hours in all
electoral districts with the exception of the presidential one, which
national. This final tally was started on Tuesday morning when all the
results from all electoral districts had been communicated to the
control center. This was done as required by the law, the 4 Chief
Agents for the four candidates sat at a table with the ZEC officials on
other side and they scrutinized the results for each electoral district
working by Province.
Harare and Bulawayo came and went - all were reasonably satisfied as
results of ZEC were more or less in line with our own records taken by
polling agents at the polling stations. Then they started Mashonaland
Central. When the MDC team saw the figures and noted that they were
completely different from the results for the Cities (very high voter
turnouts, in one case exceeding the numbers of voters on the voters
they stopped the verification and counting process.
The MDC CEA said to the ZEC officials that he wanted to see the
forms for every polling station - over 9000 of them. He went further
said that the MDC had photographed the V11 forms at each station and
record of the poll. He said that their count was to the effect that
had won by 50,3 percent and he said that he expected ZEC to disprove
figure. That was the start of the problems.
ZEC then spent the next three days getting all the forms into Harare
Friday this process was complete. They did not start the verification
process but instead did a count behind closed doors and in complete
Even the Commissioners and Candidates were excluded from the process.
Monday they had a final result - it showed well over 50 per cent for
Tsvangirai and this information was promptly leaked to the MDC.
They then put the damage control system into high gear. The ZEC center
closed down and the whole operation including all records moved to a
location. When this location was discovered, military guards barred
who tried to get to the new center - it was a 'high security
area' they were
told. Publicly the only information released by the ZEC at this time
that the results were 'sensitive' and disclosure was not in the
Then the ZEC came out with a spurious claim that Zanu PF candidates had
lodged appeals against the results in 25 constituencies. This they said
justified the ZEC conducting a recount of the 25 electoral districts to
discover what mistakes had been made in the count. Remember in all of
districts the results had already been announced by ZEC and made public
the television and radio. By law such appeals had to be lodged within
hours - it was now 10 days since the election.
It was clear to the MDC that this was a blatant effort to overturn its
Parliamentary majority and to distort the presidential vote. We went to
court to stop the recount, which in our view was both illegal and
unconstitutional. We won the case but ZEC has insisted that it will go
with the recount and has scheduled this for 23 constituencies for this
coming Saturday - 3 weeks after the election itself and 11 days after
had confirmed that Morgan had won the election by a wide margin.
Then came the SADC summit - Mbeki was able to bulldoze his way to get
resolution that basically endorsed the stance taken by ZEC, even though
was patently obvious that the whole process was illegal. Behind the
he tried to engineer a situation where he would negotiate between the
parties to the 'dispute' and arrange a government of national unity
manner similar to what has been negotiated in Kenya. MDC would never
to such duplicity and countenance a deal with Zanu PF. and that
fell flat on its face.
Right now a full-blown diplomatic storm is taking place as clearly
the Security Council debate last night. Mbeki personally chaired the
and it was a massacre for him. He tried to keep Zimbabwe off the agenda
instead it totally dominated the discussions as leader after leader
away at the illegality of what was happening and the serious nature of
sort of behavior, subverting as it does, the whole electoral process
democracy in Africa as a whole.
Just as importantly, at the international Parliamentary Forum in Cape
many speakers alluded to the crisis in Zimbabwe. One said that Africa
define what it meant by democracy and to decide if this sort of blatant
abuse of democratic process was acceptable. It was called a threat to
stability and security of Africa as a whole - a very serious charge
that is absolutely true.
While all of this was going on, Zanu PF was making its own plans and
did not in any way include adhering to anything the outside world said,
including the SADC resolutions. They planned to rig the recount and
put into action using military bases and compliant officials. Then, in
anticipation of a result that would give them a Parliamentary majority
reduce Morgan's vote to less than 50 per cent, they are planning a
for the re-run.
We have new intelligence that it is their intention to delay the
announcement of the results of the election until the 6th or 7th of May
to then target the 26th May for the re-run. This sleight of hand will
them eight clear weeks to implement their 'election programme'
did you vote?' They have deployed commanders to all electoral
together with militia who have been armed and are paid special
These irregular forces are now unleashing a reign of terror on the
population. Hundreds are being beaten and their homes burned. A number
people have already been killed. Food is being tightly controlled and
expect traditional leaders to be co-opted or abused.
Of particular concern is a consignment of arms from China that has been
off Durban by the South African authorities for three days now and
a large consignment of arms and ammunition destined for Zimbabwe. The
Africans are holding this up because its documentation was not in
They do not say they will block its delivery. That we are buying arms
we cannot feed our people is a disgrace. That China can supply this
regime arms with which to suppress the people of Zimbabwe is a
of their willingness to support such regimes.
Plans are afoot to rig the re-run and to restrict the ability of the
voters to cast their votes. The media is under even tighter control and
leaders are being specifically targeted. They will again use the threat
if we do not vote for Mugabe in the runoff, they will 'go back to the
Today they said that Morgan's recent actions were consistent with
Closer to home two activists who were caught distributing MDC pamphlets
Bulawayo were today jailed for 8 months. What a travesty of justice in
17th April 2008