The former head of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), retired Justice Johann Kriegler, has said there is is no reason to doubt ZImbabwe’s electoral results because of Zanu-PF’s pervasive influence. Speaking to South African publication, The Citizen, Kriegler said,
I don’t think the result is at all surprising considering the stranglehold Zanu-PF has had on the country during its administration and rule of communities in particular. The fact that the MDC presidential candidate received more than 44% of the vote is remarkably good.
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It’s how you’ve kept the voters’ roll over the years. You have complete control over the media as the ruling party; you have complete control of newsworthiness, such as the opening of schools, bridges and roads, maintenance and support systems for the elderly and the needy…I think there is no reason to doubt the result is genuine.