Fresh vote rigging fears

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC said yesterday they had unearthed a plot to stuff ballot boxes in nine constituencies in Mashonaland, the Daily News has learnt.

MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti said his party had received reports from reliable sources within the intelligence about the well-knit plot that he said will be executed in Mutoko South, Uzumba, Maramba Pfungwe, Mudzi North, Zvimba West, Mhangura, Hurungwe East, Hurungwe North and Mount Darwin constituencies.

In an interview with the Daily News, Biti said the reports vindicated MDC fears concerning vote rigging.
“We have been constantly saying these people can only cheat and right now they are trying to brew the mother-of-all electoral rigging to avoid the mother-of-all electoral defeats,” Biti said.

“We have received these reports of the grand stuffing which will allow grand stuffing of already cast ballot papers. Fortunately, we are alerting observers and we are also strengthening our internal monitoring mechanisms.”

Zec has repeatedly denied charges it was plotting to rig the election.

According to a local research organisation, 63 constituencies had registered more voters than inhabitants at the close of voter registration, while 41 constituencies deviated from the average number of voters per constituency by more than the permissible 20 percent.

The MDC and highly-placed sources within Zanu PF told the Daily News the plan involved planting ballot papers in four constituencies in Mashonaland East, West and one constituency in Mashonaland Central.

The plan is said to have been hatched after an opinion poll reportedly commissioned by Zanu PF, according to our source, revealed that 61-year-old Tsvangirai  was tipped to poll 65 percent of the vote, with his arch rival polling only 25 percent.

A plan was then hatched to counter the devastating results, said our deep throat source.

“Extra ballots have been printed and will be duplicated and these will be sent to the constituencies,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity citing security reasons, said.

The source added: “There is going to be violence which will be the tactic used to scare away polling agents from the polling stations. This mishap will last for about half an hour and after that, the police will intervene, but that will give enough time to tamper with the ballots.”

The plan will be executed when polling stations are opening and will be carried out simultaneously at different times, our source said.

These are traditionally Zanu PF strongholds where the revolutionary party recorded a high number of votes in the last election.

Comments (10)

If these people know this is what is going to happen, why cant they provide the necessary remedies then. Because as it sound there wont be any reason to vote if we know results will be altered by "The Rigging Autocratic Party"

Tsvangirai - 30 July 2013

Ini ndaneta ne this cry baby attitude ye party yedu iyi!!... kana muine humboo, why make noise about it?... why not put mechanisms in place to catch the riggers red handed?.. this is very frustrating... attitude iyoyi ndiyo yakatadzisa kuti vapushe ma crucial reforms for the past 4years... only to make noise about them on the eve of the election... apa pari kuleka strategy yakasimba. Tinobva tatya kuti kana tazokupai mukana.. munozogona here basa imi muchipushira kudai... tipeiwo ma serious and do not waste our vote.

bob - 30 July 2013

This soundslike fiction, but in 2000 and 2005, MDC polling Agents were attacked at Polling stations in Mberengwa & UMP. In fact 4 Constituency results were nullified by the High court, but appeals were made at the Supreme court which never sat. Zanu is capable os this chicannery

Sandura - 30 July 2013

Guys, these guys are so desparate to hang on to power and we as the Brand Ambassadors of a new Zimbabwe are sayng NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! we arent going to allow them to go away with this nonsense and we are catchng up with them SOOOOON...

Hillary - 30 July 2013

Please we tired so tired of your rigging thing. If you know that this is what is or what will happen then just put some mechanisms to prevent it. Why going around telling people about it ? The truth is you know you dont stand a chance thats why you want to make noise so that you justify yourselves after defeat that elections have been rigged. If you have such sources who tell you all what ZANUPF is going to do then you are lucky why not act quietly to avoid it. NDEZVEMANYEPO KUDA KUHWANDA NECHIGUNWE TIBVIREYI KUMHEPO. You can only fool the already fools. BHORA MUGHEDI!!! KWECHE KWECHE RAKAZARA MUMANET. NO penalt shoot out.

Takeiteasy Marcaves - 30 July 2013

Taura hako Bob......it becomes a joke when the boxer you put your last dollar on, complains about his opponent using steel gloves. Kumwe kungotsvaga zvekuzotaura kana vadyiwa uku. Aah.

Tsvangirai - 30 July 2013

party polling agents should watch carefully and make sure that the all the people who would be coming out of the polling booth have ink in their hands. some of those polling agents put in their constituances know their fellow zanu pf supporters and will cleverly make them jump the ink process so that they can go and vote in the next polling station in the same ward. they practiced this during the referredum. there is a good number of teachers who have been chosen as polling agents who attend the secret zanu meetings like some police and there, they are told how to do it

sammy - 30 July 2013

MDC must increase the number of vigilantes in those hot spots period. The observers too should be in these areas rather than enjoying the comfort of Harare hotels

Wtikiritai - 30 July 2013

I think what MDC is saying is true but the major problem is that the rigging machinery is in place already if PLAN A doesn;t work B is in place they take it by force so these erections are just a formality ,BALLOT papers can be switched on their way to the command centre so all these theories can happen in broad daylight so lets wait &see who is going to win the big one ,MY PREDICTIONS ARE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A RERUN FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL

PROFET - 30 July 2013

This rigging beat is becoming a joke. MDC should encourage its supporters to go out it droves and vote instead of crying about rigging all the time. Look at Komichi now, he is behind bars because of stupidity to advance the rigging song.

Qiniso - 30 July 2013

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