Official Results Finally Out in Zimbabwe

Commission calls for runoff; opposition calls it 'daylight robbery'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2008 10:10 AM CDT
Lovemore Sekeramai, the Zimbabwe Chief Elections officer announces results of the Presidential polls in Harare, Zimbabwe Friday, May, 2, 2008.   (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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(Newser) – Zimbabwe’s official election results are finally out, Reuters reports, and as expected, they call for a runoff between opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe. Tsvangirai won 47.9% of the vote, the election commission found, beating Mugabe’s 43.2% but not hitting the 50% necessary to avoid a runoff. “This whole thing is a scandal, scandalous daylight robbery and everyone knows that,” an opposition spokesman said.

Tsvangirai's party claims that he won 50.3% of the vote and that the government delayed the results—voting took place a month ago—so it could tamper with the ballot boxes. Tsvangirai has threatened to boycott any runoff unless UN election observers preside over it.; the US and other countries have expressed worry that state-orchestrated intimidation and violence directed at opposition voters would mar a runoff.