Court Rejects Zimbabwe Poll Petition

Won't force Mugabe to release election results; recount stands
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2008 8:39 AM CDT
Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Secretary-General Tendai Biti, talks during a media conference at the emergency summit of Southern African leaders, Sunday, April 13, 2008.    (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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(Newser) – A Zimbabwean high court today rejected a petition to force President Robert Mugabe’s government to release its long-delayed election results, the BBC reports. Instead, the ruling party will be allowed to go through with its recounts, which the opposition believes are a ploy to rig the parliamentary election.

Voting took place more than two weeks ago, but official results have not been released. “They had custody of the ballot boxes for two weeks, and they must have stuffed them with their votes,” said an opposition spokesman.