Zimbabwe poll monitors allege problems

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A ballot box is emptied in preparation to count votes after the country went to the polls, Wednesday July 31, 2013 in Harare. Posing one of the biggest threats to President Robert Mugabe's 33-year grip on power, Zimbabweans flocked to polling stations in a presidential election that will determine the course of this southern African country even as suspicions were high that vote-counting could be rigged. (AP Photo)

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A poll monitoring group in Zimbabwe says it has found a "wide range of problems" in elections there and that the poll was compromised by a campaign to stop voters from casting ballots.

Solomon Zwana, head of the Zimbabwe Election Support Network, made the comments Thursday, a day after the election pitting longtime President Robert Mugabe against his rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

The monitoring group says as many as 1 million out of more than 6 million eligible voters were not on voters' lists.

Mugabe has denied allegations of vote-rigging as a smear campaign by opponents.