ZANU-PF: Mugabe Ready for Runoff
The announcement by Zanu-PF was made before official results of the March 29 presidential race were announced by the Electoral Commission, which will have the final say in whether a second round of voting occurs.
A runoff is required when neither candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote. Last Saturday, voters also cast ballots for House and Senate seats and local council members. The commission is required by law to release final figures six days after an election.
According to George Sibotshiwe, a spokesman for Tsvangirai's party, a runoff must be held within 21 days of the announcement of election results.
Mugabe's party is in disarray, split between those who think Mugabe should gracefully step down and those who say he should fight to stay in office, a party member said Thursday.