No date for Zim run-off

HARARE - The presidential run-off pitting President Robert Mugabe against opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai will not be held in the next few weeks as required by law, the head of the electoral commission said yesterday.

HARARE - The presidential run-off pitting President Robert Mugabe against opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai will not be held in the next few weeks as required by law, the head of the electoral commission said yesterday.

Tsvangirai had announced at the weekend that he would participate in a run-off against Mugabe, but insisted the vote must legally be held within 21 days of the May 2 announcement of results from the first vote.

However, electoral commission chief, George Chiweshe, said government officials need more time to prepare for the run-off. Government officials have said the electoral commission has up to a year to hold the second round.

"It was ambitious for the legislature to think 21 days would be enough," the state-run Sunday Mail quoted Chiweshe as saying.

Chiweshe said there are legal provisions to extend the period before the election is held.

"We want to make it clear we intend to hold the run-off at the earliest date because the period set by the legislature shows that it should be held as soon as possible." - Sapa-AP

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