No Clear Winner as Zimbabwe Results Finally Trickle in

Mugabe, opposition split in early districts
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2008 9:27 AM CDT
During a power failure, men listen to a battery-operated radio for the results of the country's weekend elections in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Monday, March 31, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Zimbabwe finally announced some official election results today, the BBC reports, after a lengthy delay renewed apprehension about vote-rigging in Saturday's balloting. The party of challenger Morgan Tsvangirai says he holds a 60%-30% lead over President Robert Mugabe with over half the 210 constituencies counted. But of the 24 parliamentary districts tallied, Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party has split with the opposition MDC.

The Movement for Democratic Change claimed early victory after Saturday’s vote, but as the delays in official reporting mounted, many began to fear Mugabe had stolen the election. A group of South African poll monitors gave the process its approval, but two members dissented, calling the balloting “deeply flawed.” Riot police are patrolling urban areas, telling residents to remain indoors.