Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Zimbabwe: former army officers claim they stuffed ballots

Two former Zimbabwean army officers said yesterday that they helped to rig President Robert Mugabe's re-election last year by stuffing ballot boxes with thousands of false postal votes.

They said that they were forced to fake thousands of ballots in the names of soldiers serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as well as for many fictitious voters.

Herbert Ndlovu, 43, and Primrose Tshuma, 42, made the claims at a press conference in Johannesburg.

The officers fled to South Africa after being tortured ... accused of switching allegiances to the ... movement for Democratic Change (MDC).(link)