Zimbabwe: MDC claims huge lead over Mugabe

source: ZimOnline
by Sebastian Nyamhangambiri Monday 31 March 2008

RESIDENTS view election results pasted at a polling station in Highfield suburb

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party claimed a commanding lead in a presidential election, quoting unofficial results showing party leader Morgan Tsvangirai with 60 percent against 30 percent garnered by President Robert Mugabe.

MDC secretary general Tendai Biti told journalists in Harare: “From the 128 (House of Assembly) constituencies whose results we have calculated so far, we have 96 out of the 128 seats and Morgan Tsvangirai is at 60 percent, Robert Mugabe is at 30 percent.”

There are 210 House of Assembly seats altogther, all elective.

The party has been releasing unofficial results, which it says are collated from figures supplied by its officials on the ground in constituencies across the country. The MDC figures have shown the opposition party leading both in the presidential and parliamentary polls.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, which has dismissed the [continue reading]

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