By Franz Wild – Aug 1, 2013 8:50 AM GMT
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change won’t accept the results of yesterday’s parliamentary and presidential election in Zimbabwe because of “monumental rigging,” Tendai Biti, the secretary general of the party, said.
The elections have been invalidated, Biti, who is also the country’s finance minister, said in a telephone interview from Harare, the capital, today.
A Zimbabwean mother holding her child casts her ballot at a polling station in Domboshava, 60km north of Harare on July 31, 2013. Photographer: Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images
Tsvangirai and the MDC were competing with President Robert Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980, and his Zimbabwe National African Union-Patriotic Front.
Mugabe, 89, has rejected allegations of rigging while the MDC has complained that as many as two million people were missing from the voters’ role and voter registration was frustrated in its strongholds.
George Charamba, a spokesman for Mugabe, declined to comment.