ZIMBABWE VOWS EARLY ANNOUNCEMENT
OF POLL RESULTS
16 Jul 2013 07:54
HARARE, July 13 (Bernama) -- Zimbabwe's electoral commission has pledged to
announce the result of the upcoming presidential election within five days,
Xinhua news agency reported.
"In respect of the five day upper limit for result announcement, we are
hoping we will be able to announce the result before August 5," Zimbabwe
Electoral Commission (ZEC) deputy chairperson Joice Kazembe told a briefing of
observers and journalists on Saturday.
Zimbabweans will go to the polls on July 31 to choose a president, more than
200 National Assembly members and some 2,000 local councilors.
A presidential candidate must garner 51 percent of all valid votes cast to be
declared the winner failing which a run-off will be held in September
The country's president Robert Mugabe and his rival Prime Minister Morgan
Tsvangirai are the presidential hopefuls in the upcoming polls.
In the last disputed polls in 2008, result announcement was delayed, stoking
concerns about poll rigging.