The Numbers Say It All

ACCORDING to Wikipedia, in the 2002 violence-ridden presidential elections, Robert Mugabe polled 1 685 212 votes, while his opponent Morgan Tsvangirai polled 1 258 401 votes. Mugabe beat Tsvangirai by 426 811 votes.

 

In the relatively peaceful and open March 29 2008 elections, Tsvangirai polled 1 195 562 votes, while Robert Mugabe polled 1 079 730. Tsvangirai beat Mugabe by 115 832 votes, despite the 2005 Operation Murambatsvina having displaced hundreds of thousands of potential voters, most of whom were forcibly taken to their rural areas.

Comparing the two elections, Tsvangirai has lost a total of 62 839 votes since 2002 while Mugabe has lost 605 482 votes.

The total number of votes cast in 2002 was 3 130 913. The total number of votes cast in March 2008 was 2 497 265, which is 633 648 voters less.

Theoretically, it means that since 2002, Mugabe has lost a total of 1 239 130 potential voters while Tsvangirai has lost a potential 696 487 voters.

Ask not for whom the bell tolls…

Mwana Wevhu,

Harare.