It's two days since voters cast their ballot in Zimbabwe and the results are still not out. While the opposition claims a landslide victory and supporters prepare to welcome their new president, observers are advising them not to get over excited. Indeed, many suggest President Robert Mugabe is using the delay to steal the vote.
Everybody expected Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) party to rig the election results. Mugabe has been in power for 28 years and openly admits that he will not give up his presidential throne. However, when the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party announced a 58% win in the presidential election on Monday, observers questioned whether the ruling party had done quite enough rigging. Now, a delay in the results is raising concerns that the hitch is being corrected, and when Mugabe is declared president, violence will break out. Our Observers in the country's capital predict what will happen next.
Posted here on Monday.
The data is collected from results posted outside polling stations (a legal requirement in Zimbabwe).
Bev Clark manages Kubatana.net, a human rights website in Zimbabwe:
People believe there's been a landslide victory for the MDC. So the government's drawing up security. And then Mugabe will be declared winner of the parliamentary vote. I think there will be some reaction; there will be some sporadic violence, a few clashes. But I don't think Zimbabwean people will go out on the streets unless the MDC takes up leadership of the movement. They need direction and practical information. People are even scared to take down portraits of the president hung in their homes and businesses. The MDC should draw support from the international community and find a way to engage their supporters if the vote is stolen. They've caught Mugabe on the back foot [in the election]. But he's sprightly."
Samm Farai Monro is a Zimbabwean poet and musician from Harare: