Zimbabwe Talks: Still No Deal
The beleaguered talks between rival parties ZANU-PF and MDC have failed to cement a power-sharing deal between President Robert Mugabe and Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, even a s the opposition finds its voice on the Parliament floor.
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) spokesman Nelson Chamisa told the BBC the balance of power was in dispute.
He said President Robert Mugabe wanted MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai to become a titular prime minister without real authority, which was "unacceptable".
Mr Mugabe last week threatened to form a new government without the MDC.
Senegal is one of a number of African countries to hold successful elections by keeping voting and counting in check through independent communication.
Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said many African nations now had a "very open society" and the increasing success of elections owed a lot to the existence of mobile phones.
"With communication and cell phones, this is where it is difficult to cheat in elections now. You are announced at the district level and cell phones go wild so by the time you go to the capital, if you have changed the figures, they will know and you will be caught out."
According to experts, cellphones are particularly important for Africa due to a lack of some other technologies.