Global Journalist
7:52 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Zimbabwe's elections marred by charges of voter fraud

A woman carrying a baby walks past campaign posters of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, green background, and Morgan Tsvangirai, top center, in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Credit Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi / Associated Press

On July 31, voters in Zimbabwe took part in the country’s presidential election. The contest pitted longtime President Robert Mugabe against his rival Morgan Tsvangirai. 

In the end, Mugabe won the election with a reported 61% of the vote. But his opponent is not conceding without putting up a fight. Tsvangarai alleges that vote rigging and widespread fraud cost him the election, and is vowing to challenge the results in court.

To learn more about the likely outcome of the contested election, Global Journalist spoke to two media advocates.

Panelists:

Takura Zhangazha is the executive director of the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe, a media advocacy organization.

Earnest Mudzengi directs Media Centre, an organization assists freelance journalists in Zimbabwe.

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