MDC Alliance demo on today

HARARE - Pressure is mounting on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) as members of the MDC Alliance are expected to pour onto the streets of Harare today to demand a raft of electoral reforms.

MDC chairperson, Morgen Komichi, told the Daily News yesterday that the demonstration was going ahead as scheduled to drive the point home that the electoral playing field favoured President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his ruling Zanu PF party.

“We have approached Zec in the spirit of dialogue but they have refused to listen to our genuine and legitimate demands. The resistance coming from Zec gives us reason to believe that they want to rig the elections,” he said.

“The unfair treatment of our presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa shows us that they are working with the other candidate, Mnangagwa. We strongly believe that Zec has members who report directly to Zanu PF. Zanu PF is represented in Zec while other parties are not”.

The MDC Alliance, which is Zanu PF’s biggest challenger in this year elections, alleges that Zec is working flat out to ensure a Mnangagwa victory at the pending polls, to be held on July 30.

Of concern to the opposition is the opaqueness in the printing, storage and transportation of ballot papers to be used during polling.

Yesterday, Komichi claimed that while political parties taking part in the forthcoming elections had agreed to assign at least 45 representatives to observe the process of printing, storage and transportation of ballots, Zec was refusing to allow them to oversee the process.

“ … so we are left with no option but to go onto the streets so that we send the message. If Zec doesn’t listen, we will escalate the demonstrations until they come to the negotiation table,” said Komichi.

Zec has denied these allegations, saying the commission had actually gone an extra mile to run a credible, free and fair election.

The commission insists that the printing, storage and distribution of ballot papers was its sole responsibility, derived from the Constitution.

Having failed to reach common ground with the opposition parties, Zec has dared them to approach regional bodies such as the Southern African Development Community and the African Union.

MDC deputy treasurer Charlton Hwende told the Daily News yesterday that the opposition party was not going to allow Zanu PF to steal the people’s will this time around.

“2018 is the year to make the people’s vote count. We are duty-bound to stop the subversion of the people’s will. Indeed, the people shall free themselves and shall govern (themselves in 2018). This is a call for action; we are prepared to die defending our right to vote and to protect that vote,” said Hwende.

MDC Alliance partner, Tendai Biti, concurred with Hwende, saying the ruling party has previously subverted the will of the people by stealing the vote.

“Our message to Zanu PF is simple: The ballot paper and full access to the voters’ roll are red line issues. Legitimacy and credibility of this election hinges on these two key issues. We will not be a colony again,” said Biti.

In an apparent jab at Zec’s chairperson, Priscilla Chigumba, the MDC’s organising secretary, Amos Chibaya, said the commission should brace itself for its “own man-made earthquake” because Zimbabweans are now fed up of its “childish” games.

Chigumba attracted the wrath and scorn of opposition parties when she said only an earthquake would stop the elections.

Last week, Chamisa told the media that Zimbabwe was now in a state of crisis, a few weeks before the watershed general elections — the first since independence without ousted former president Robert Mugabe on the ballot paper.

Although Mnangagwa has promised a free and fair election, opposition parties are unconvinced.

Comments (2)

Expected daily news to know better. Every store in zw has people numbers and addresses from captured swipe information.So How do you comclude ZEc gave information. Leave ZEC alone. Alliance afraid of elections.

Grace Jones - 11 July 2018

Nelson Bambazonke Muchekadzafa dzoga Chamisa is a joke

Ndiani Ndiani - 11 July 2018

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