Zim opposition ups the ante

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Outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is contesting the poll results and demanded the commission be ordered to provide verified votes in each district and copies of voters' lists. Picture: AFP

HARARE - Attorneys for Zimbabwe's opposition leader say they have filed a court suit to try to compel the state election commission to release full details of the disputed July 31 election.

Outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is contesting the poll results and demanded the commission be ordered to provide verified votes in each district and copies of voters' lists used at all 9,000 polling stations, attorney Lewis Uriri said Thursday.

He said Judge Chinembiri Bhunu heard submissions late Wednesday but made no immediate ruling.

Tsvangirai alleges massive vote rigging giving longtime President Robert Mugabe a commanding election victory.

The opposition wants the details to corroborate claims that up to one million eligible voters were prevented from voting and that ballots were cast in the names dead people and voters out of the country.

-Sapa

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