2nd Zimbabwe electoral official quits
06 August 2013, 14:02
Harare - A senior Zimbabwean election official said on Tuesday
he has resigned, just days after a colleague quit over the conduct of the vote
that extended President Robert Mugabe's 33-year rule.
"Yes, I have resigned [from the Zimbabwe Election
Commission]," law professor Geoff Feltoe told AFP.
"I am going back to the university. I have always
intended to do so and I am going there," he said, referring to the
University of Zimbabwe.
Feltoe refused to say if his decision was related to the
conduct of the hotly disputed presidential and parliamentary elections last
Wednesday that gave Mugabe another five-year term.
Fellow commission member Mkhululi Nyathi quit the body on
Saturday, alleging that the polls did not meet the benchmarks of fairness.
Nyathi said his resignation had nothing to do with the
outcome of the vote, which ended shaky power-sharing government formed four
years ago by Mugabe and long-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai after violent 2008
Tsvangirai, who has unsuccessfully tried to unseat Mugabe
three times, has vowed to challenge the result of the vote, branding it
"fraudulent and stolen".
Tsvangirai has alleged widespread rigging and demanded a
forensic audit of the voters' roll, ballot papers and voter registration