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ZEC to decide on run-off date for Zim presidency

by BuaNews Online
on 05 May 2008
BuaNews Online
BuaNews Online

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) will soon announce a date for the presidential election run-off.


ZEC Chairman Justice George Chiweshe said on Sunday that details for the run-off would be made available after a full meeting of the ZEC board.

"The commission is going to meet as soon as possible. I cannot state exactly when the run-off will be held, but I can confirm that the poll will be on a date to be announced by the commission," said Justice Chiweshe.

Deputy Information Minister Bright Matonga said that the run-off polls could be held in three weeks. The law allows that the run-off be held within a year.

The run-off follows the failure by candidates in the harmonised elections held on 29 March to win the election with an outright majority.

The ZEC on Friday released results of the presidential election held on 29 March which show that there was no outright winner.

Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai garnered 47.9 percent of total votes cast (1 195 562 votes), followed by the incumbent President Robert Mugabe of Zanu PF with 43.2 percent or 1 079 730 votes.

Independent candidates Simba Makoni and Langton Towungana garnered 8.3 percent or 207 470 votes and 0.6 percent or 14 503 votes respectively.

There were 39 975 spoilt papers with the percentage poll standing at 42.7 percent.

ZEC chief elections officer, Lovemore Sekeramayi on Friday said that a presidential run off would be held since no candidate got an outright majority of 51 percent or more.

"Since no candidate has received a majority of the total number of valid votes cast, the provisions of Section 110 (3) of the Electoral Act do apply and a second election shall be held at a date to be advised by the Commission," he said.

He said Mr Mugabe and Mr Tsvangirai, being the top two candidates, were eligible to participate in the second election.

Mr Mugabe has already registered his willingness to take part in the run-off but Mr Tsvangirai's position is yet to be made clear.

The MDC has said it does not accept the results of the presidential elections announced by ZEC, claiming it won the election outright, making a run-off unnecessary. - BuaNews-NNN


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