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No democracy in Zimbabwean vote

ROBERT Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party don't intend taking many chances in Zimbabwe's general election, planned for later this year.

According to a recent 'Daily Telegraph' report, more than a quarter of registered voters in Zimbabwe are dead; 2,344 are supposedly aged between 101 and 110 years old; with another nine aged between 111 and 120 years old -- which is quite remarkable in a country which is so ravaged by poverty and HIV that the average life expectancy has plummeted to 35 years.

This ZANU-PF tactic certainly puts Ireland's old adage of "vote early, and vote often" in the shade.

One wonders why Mr Mugabe and his gang go to the bother of holding an election at all.

It would be much easier all round -- particularly for those people who will be threatened, attacked, or even killed during the campaign -- if they just declared themselves the winners in advance and had done with it.

John O'Shea,
GOAL, PO BOX 19, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Irish Independent