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Title:The 'menu of manipulation' and the 2013 elections: towards explaining the 'technical knockout'
Author:Masunungure, Eldred V.ISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:Journal of African Elections (ISSN 1609-4700)
Volume:13
Issue:2
Pages:94-121
Language:English
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:political parties
elections
2013
corruption
Abstract:A year after Zimbabwe's July 2013 elections some are still mystified by the results, especially the overwhelming triumph of incumbent President Robert Mugabe and his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF). The outcome seemed to go against the grain. Zanu-PF achieved a supermajority, capturing more than two-thirds of the parliamentary seats. The party's chief rival, the Morgan Tsvangirai-led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) was fighting between themselves and left themselves open to being rigged. The author discusses the possibility of manipulation by the Zanu-PF and why the opposition forces and their 'pro-democracy' allies in civil society failed to win the elections. This paper analyses the evidence to deduce what might have taken place within the two parties. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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