Opposition parties in Zimbabwe said they had uncovered plans by the government to rig crunch weekend polls, and warned of unspecified action.
At a joint press conference on Thursday, the country’s three main opposition parties said they had discovered ghost voters on the voters roll, which they alleged pointed to plans to rig election.
The country holds presidential, parliamentary and local government elections, in which incumbent President Robert Mugabe is fighting for political survival, Saturday.
The three parties, two of which are fielding presidential candidates, said more than 8,000 ghost voters had been discovered in one constituency alone in the capital, Harare.
They said these bore the addresses of undeveloped residential stands in the constituency and, in one case, an unoccupied plot had 75 registered voters.
“We believe there is a sophisticated and premeditated plan to steal this election from us. The integrity and credibility of this process is gravely in doubt,” opposition presidential contender Simba Makoni said.
He said though it was now too late, the parties planned to petition election bodies over the anomalies, to try and have them rectified.
His counterpart, Arthur Mutambara of the Movement for Democratic Change, warned of unspecified action if the authorities rigged the poll.
The government has denied accusations it planned to rig the election, and has counter-warned the opposition it would crackdown hard on any attempts to instigate Kenya style post-election violence. Panapress.