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LEIGH SALES: Southern African nations are convening an emergency summit on Zimbabwe's political
crisis. The move coincides with further delays to the release of the presidential election results,
that's made Opposition supporters increasingly restless with some now prepared to openly declare
their hand.

The BBC's Ian Pannell reports from Bulawayo in Zimbabwe.

IAN PANNELL: This was the remarkable scene in Bulawayo today. After 11 days of waiting for
presidential results the first public show of defiance.

We filmed secretly as they moved through town. They were calling on the Government to release the
results and they marched to the steps of the High Court. They threw their placards and leaflets to
the ground, then left.

It was a brief but significant act catching the authorities off guard. Now, for the first time, we
found direct evidence of Government rigging in the elections.

A Zimbabwe police detective agreed to talk to us secretly. Ready to confirm something the
Opposition had been claiming.

He showed me his police card to confirm his identity and told me that he'd been ordered to vote for
Robert Mugabe.

UNIDENTIFIED POLICEMAN: They made us to sign vote form for Mugabe. They told us that Mugabe is your
employer, so if you do not vote for Mugabe, you will fill in a resignation form right now.

IAN PANNELL: A resignation form?

UNIDENTIFIED POLICEMAN: A resignation form, yes.

IAN PANNELL: Just to be clear, would they encouraging you, or were they telling you?

UNIDENTIFIED POLICEMAN: They were actually telling us which way to vote.

IAN PANNELL: He also told me his ballot was sent to another constituency where Zanu PF needed extra

If it's true, it's a damning revelation, undermining claims the elections were free and fair. The
Government's also accused the Opposition of rigging the vote. But without access to independent
news, most people have no idea what's happening in their own country.

ZIMBAWEAN MAN: We've suffered a lot with this regime, we've suffered a lot, very lot. Beatings,
everything. So nothing they going to do.

IAN PANNELL: This is why the result matters. We were taken to a hospital to see a health service on
the brink of collapse. Most of the women on this ward suffer from AIDS related illnesses.

A lack of drugs means they'll almost certainly die. The graveyard is testament to one of the few
thriving businesses here - burying the dead.

What's at stake is more than the fate of Robert Mugabe and his party, but perhaps the very
salvation of the country.