Zim private newspaper reports vote rigging

Shadowy operations have been reported while MDC's Morgan Tsvangirai has demanded a re-run of the elections.


HARARE - A private newspaper in Zimbabwe has revealed more details of the shadowy Israeli company that worked on Zimbabwe's voters' roll in the run-up to last week's disputed elections.

The Zimbabwe Independent claims Israeli company Nikuv has shifted its Harare offices since the election from central Avondale suburb to Ballantine Park.

It said presidential spokesman George Charamba has denied reports to Nikuv officials visited President Robert Mugabe on the day before polling.

It says Nikuv was paid 13 million US dollars for its contract with the Registrar General Office though there's no confirmation of that or of any intended manipulation of the voters' roll.

On its website, Nikuv said it's chosen time and time again for its professionalism and flexibility and developing and implementing national projects.

The MDC has taken the matter to the Constitutional Court.

Meanwhile, MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has told his supporters in Zimbabwe that this is the beginning of the end.

His lawyers have filed a challenge to last week's presidential poll.

Tsvangirai lost the election to President Robert Mugabe by more than a million votes - and he's demanding a re-run within 60 days.

In a short video Morgan Tsvangirai said Zimbabweans mustn't lose hope. He said if it wasn't for what he called the forces of evil, Zimbabweans would be celebrating today.

His lawyers lodged a challenge to the results of the July 31 polls in the Constitutional Court yesterday but with very little hope of success.

Opposition party supporters have been sharing and tweeting the video which shows Tsvangirai speaking and smiling reassuringly, but there's some debate over how confident he looks.