MDC finally gets voters' roll

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC says Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has given them the voters’ roll, after the party vowed not to participate in any election without studying the electoral document.

Douglas Mwonzora, MDC secretary-general, told the Daily News yesterday that Zec director Rita Makarau wrote to him asking him to come and collect the voters’ roll.

“ZEC wrote me to come and collect the voters’ roll for the Chirimanzu-Zibagwe and MT Darwin by-elections. I will go and collect the document and we will study it,” said Mwonzora.

However, Mwonzora said the release of the document did not mean that his party will participate in the by-elections.

“As l have said we will study the document and come back to you. But our congress last year made a resolution that we will not participate in any election without reforms. We do not only want the voters’ roll but all electoral reforms before we participate in any elections,” he said.

Efforts to get a comment from Makarau proved futile as her mobile phone was unreachable.

Opposition parties have demanded that Zec furnishes them with an electronic version of the voters’ roll before they can participate in  the by-elections pencilled for month-end.

The constituencies fell vacant following the re-appointment of Joice Mujuru, the Mt Darwin West lawmaker as vice president in 2013 and her subsequent replacement by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the Chirimanzu-Zibagwe MP last month.

Major opposition parties have indicated they would boycott the elections if the voter register was not availed.

This week in Bulawayo, Tsvangirai said his party will not be taking part in any election in the country until the government makes electoral reforms demanded by his party.

“We’ve stated a position, we’ve a congress resolution that unless we’ve reforms, we can’t participate to legitimise an election and that’s the position of the party. We can’t participate unless there  are reforms,” Tsvangirai told reporters at the Bulawayo Press Club on Wednesday night.

The MDC leader also said he will not participate in by-elections of recalled 21 legislators and senators who broke away from his party to form the MDC Renewal.

Comments (8)

I hope MDC will stick to their word and stop taking party in any by election until genuine and not piecemeal electoral reforms have taken place. Zpf must address the Nikuv rigging machinery and also the presence of international observers during elections.

Cde Dokora - 15 March 2015

Who cares whether Tsvangison participates or not?

Qiniso - 16 March 2015

This is cowardice what reforms? MDCT knnows that they do not have support in these areas. Have the majority in parliament first then bring the reforms yourselves

jemedzo - 16 March 2015

Jemedzo if they do not have supporters why then are people intimidated to vote ZPF. Sabhuku pamberi ...... why imi muchiziva kuti haina support. Chiri kuziva zvachiri kutaura musade kutivhara hatina kuzungaira cde

Jemedzo1 - 16 March 2015

Dokora what is genuine electroral reforms...have you ever seen such thing in your life?....tell me one you saw.......MDC Formation and you Dokora utters rubbish.........

silungisani ndlovu - 16 March 2015

not participating in elections gives ZANUPF an upper hand. muchasara musina kana seat muparliament macho. muchazodaidzira ma reforms nepa window manje manje. ZANU PF torai henyu everythng imi.

wind - 16 March 2015

if election can be held free and fair,means Mdc-T can be the next government , for sure cde Robert knows very well about that.But if Zanu- pf wants to be in government , they must keep on rigging , yes, that's the only way they can keep themselves at State house , yes.

fidza - 16 March 2015

What Tsvangirai is saying is right but since the year 2000 we have seen him saying the same thing and then participating in elections without reforms. Due to this ZANUPF no longer take him serious because he don't stand on his words. Is it that he fear seeing some of his members rebelling and participating as most people are now after money instead of standing for the will people I don't know.

alois - 16 March 2015

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