Zimbabwe 5thLd-Writethru 06-27 Web

Voters escorted to polls

Marshals led voters to polling stations and bands of government supporters harassed people in the street today as Zimbabwe held an internationally discredited, one-candidate presidential runoff marked by intimidation.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who withdrew from the runoff citing a campaign of state-sponsored violence, said the results of the election would "reflect only the fear of the people of Zimbabwe."

Dozens of opposition supporters have been killed and thousands of people injured prior to today’s vote.

In contrast to the excitement and hope for change that marked the first round of voting in March, this time a defiant President Robert Mugabe is the only candidate. The election is expected only to deepen the nation’s political and economic crisis.


Tsvangirai’s name remained on the ballot because electoral officials say his withdrawal Sunday came too late.

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