Residents protest against Zimbabwe’s "rigged elections"

Hundreds of Harare residents today gathered at Machipisa Shopping Centre, Harare, to demonstrate against the July 31 election outcome.

The residents claimed that President Robert Mugabe, acting in cahoots with The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, rigged the elections.

Mugabe won the elections by 61 percent with his arch rival, Morgan Tsvangirai claiming 34 percent. The MDC-T has since dismissed the July 31 elections as a farce.

The party launched a court appeal in which they were seeking an order to compel ZEC to give them election material used on July 31 to enable them to prepare their challenge of the presidential elections.

However, the MDC-T later withdrew the case on Friday the grounds that they would not be able to receive a fair hearing as the courts were biased in favour of Zanu (PF).

This week, High Court Judge, Chinembiri Bhunu, reserved judgement in the MDC-T appeal in which they were seeking a court order to compel ZEC to provide them with the election material.

The demonstrators today voiced their concerns over the conduct of ZEC as well.

“We are ready to do anything. We are ready to shed blood for our elections. We are not going to give Mugabe a chance to rule Zimbabwe again.

“We need to demand our vote from Mugabe and we want ZEC to provide us with the information within 60 days,” said one of the demonstrators addressing the crowd.

Police provincial spokesperson for Harare, Tedius Chibande, said he was not aware of the issue when contacted for comment. “I have not received any report to that effect at the moment,” he said.

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