Arrests made for double-voting in Zim

Electoral officers noticed red ink on the fingers of four men when they tried to vote at a polling station.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. Picture: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP.

ZIMBABWE - A newspaper in Zimbabwe is reporting that four people have been fined for trying to vote twice in last month's disputed elections.

Officials from losing presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai's party claim that some voters were provided with multiple ballot papers and told to vote ZANU-PF but President Robert Mugabe's party says it won the poll fairly.

This is the first report of arrests for double-voting in the polls though the opposition MDC claims voter fraud was widespread.

The state-run Manica Post said the four were arrested in eastern Buhera constituency on July 31.

Electoral officers noticed the red ink on their fingers when they tried to vote at different polling stations and handed them over to police.

The Manica Post said they have been fined up to 150 US each but the magistrate did not ask them whether they were MDC or ZANU-PF supporters.