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Zimbabwe's Pesidential Run-Off to Go Ahead
    2008-06-26 10:00:29     CRIENGLISH.com

  The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission says the presidential run-off set for June 27 is still on, dismissing the opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's withdrawal from the race.

Commission Chairperson Justice George Chiweshe said on Wednesday that it was too late for the Movement for Democratic Change leader to pull out of the election.

"It was unanimously agreed that the withdrawal had inter alia been filed well out of time and for that reason the withdrawal was of no legal effect. Accordingly the commission does not recognise the purported withdrawal. We are therefore preceding with the presidential runoff elections this Friday as planned."

Chiweshe said ballot papers had since been printed and dispatched.

Tsvangirai announced Sunday his withdrawal from the race, saying political violence and intimidation made the run-off difficult to be a free and fair poll.

Justice Chiweshe told observers and other stakeholders on Monday that the country would still hold credible elections despite the various incidences of political violence that occurred.

The Friday run-off follows failure by both candidates to garner a majority vote in the harmonized elections held on March 29.

Three by-elections are also to be held on Friday.



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