MDC Alliance at crossroads

HARARE - The MDC Alliance is between a hard place and a rock as it holds a crucial meeting with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) over key demands it wants addressed before Monday’s national harmonised elections.

However, today’s meeting could be futile as Zec yesterday said it had dealt with finality on the contentious issue of ballot transportation, a major source of worry for the MDC Alliance which had threatened to picket the national elections management body unless its concerns have been addressed.

The MDC Alliance consists the MDC and six other fringe parties who have come together for the purposes of contesting in the much-anticipated July 30 elections.

“On Friday, Zec gave us some of the samples of the ballot paper.

“We made specific demands to Zec including the issue of the storage and the ability of the agents to escort the ballot papers.

“We also raised the issue of voting by teachers and civil servants, who have been seconded to Zec, the issue of the polling booths and politicisation of food aid,” MDC secretary general Douglas Mwonzora told the Daily News yesterday.

Mwonzora’s principal and MDC Alliance presidential candidate — Nelson Chamisa who has so far held two successful protests against Zec — has vowed the meeting would be decisive.

Yesterday Mwonzora said they will use all lawful processes until their demands are met.

“President Chamisa did not say we are going to do anything unlawful.

“We will engage in lawful ways of addressing the issues including demonstrating and picketing until our demands are met.

“If our demands are not met, we will exercise our rights in terms of the law,” he said.

Zimbabwe will hold its crunch elections next Monday — which for the first time in two decades will not feature both ousted former president Robert Mugabe and the late MDC founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who lost his valiant battle against colon cancer at the beginning of the year.

The July 30 elections have generated a lot of interest among both ordinary Zimbabweans and ambitious politicians alike, with many people anticipating a close contest between Zanu PF and the MDC Alliance.

Mnangagwa, 75, is seeking a substantive term in the impending elections, in which he will face the youthful Chamisa and 21 other presidential aspirants who include four women.

But the run-up to the crucial elections has been marred by growing tension and threats by the MDC Alliance to announce the results of the poll ahead of Zec, over fears that the national elections management body is compromised.

Apart from threatening to announce the results of the elections ahead of Zec, the MDC Alliance has also vowed to hold night vigils at the Zec offices until its demands have been met.

Political analysts have warned that with less than a week before polling, the MDC Alliance appears to have run out of time to get its wishes.

Comments (29)

The South African opposition Party has made a blunder by promising to assist the MDC in its threat for violence. Poor wording and timing. This will embolden the security forces to act decisively without fear or favour

Senior - 24 July 2018

inga zvakanzi only an earthquake will stop the election

Riot263 - 25 July 2018

MDC - Movement for distructive change.. #the house of confusion

Godhoti - 25 July 2018

5 days to a dismal loose for nero

Samora - 25 July 2018

Rufaro kwamuri mese mese hama dzinodiwa. Todawo runyararo tunodadisa munyka

Motsamai M - 25 July 2018

be it as it may, the minority we say ED fee

armstrong - 25 July 2018

atleast aunty khupe is well

Sadacky - 25 July 2018

hahahha ngokwabo lokho akusimisi lutho lokho

madikizela - 25 July 2018

that cant stop the election

kokerai chisvo - 25 July 2018

mdc wll stay a house of discordered voices

kamba - 25 July 2018

mdc will always be a nonses bunch of parties

cde masango - 25 July 2018

ed pfeeeee ma mdc murishit

cde white - 25 July 2018

TANETA NEZANU

VICTOR - 25 July 2018

there two things Chamisa desire. 1. to stop the election and 2. VIOLENCE

Django Django - 25 July 2018

Koffi Anna ngaadzoke audze Chamsa zvakare hanzi kupedza mwana hupedzisira

Dombo Rakaomarara - 25 July 2018

They just want to discredit the election before raitika so that after vadyiwa vanowana zvekutaura nekupa maevidence ezvavari kuita nhasi

Chamisa Neria - 25 July 2018

ZEC is an indepent body please lets not harras them

Sankara - 25 July 2018

we want our election, its our constitutional right, why i the Alliance trying to deny us our right

Grace Moyo - 25 July 2018

If Chamisa and and the MDC Alliance had their way, they would just be handed victory in a silver platter. Too bad that's not gonna happen, you crybabies with your endless complaints.

GoldFinger - 25 July 2018

mdc inongoda zvinhu zvekupopota ahhhh ko ikambodzikamawo zvakaita ed

tinokunda - 25 July 2018

come 30july ed pfeeee ed has my vote#edfor peace

murenga - 25 July 2018

Whether election are going ahead under such disturbing conditions or not,it is neither here nor there,what matters most is that all those countries that are promising ED to invest here will definitely not trow away their money in an ene lees hole.Mugabe did the same in 2013 elections when he stole the people's vote.We were told that the zanu pf govt had inked deals with quite a number of investors who were willing to invest after the elections.We all know what happened after the elections.Not even a single investor came on board even the Dangotes of this world were nowhere to be seen.Tese tinongomama chete,hapana hapana.Worse ve Zanu pf vaotamba hurombo ndokwavakawandira.Handei tione!

Janana bikaz power - 25 July 2018

vana chamisa vanenge vachingo rotomoka zvenhema vanoti vanga zvigona zvekutonga nyika zvasiyana nekutonga village

flame - 25 July 2018

ed has my vot#chamisa stop violence

zvichapera - 25 July 2018

I, think MDC can only be ready for this election in 2023

dzimbabwe - 25 July 2018

Chamisa is still very young and immature when it comes to real politics

panda - 25 July 2018

but mukadzi wachamisa angaite makore mangani akura munhu uye, chamisa is being abused

april tafi - 25 July 2018

Khupe is going to far outweighs Chamisa in this election

blade - 25 July 2018

chamisa is an election crying baby.zvagara vana vadiki vanonetsa pazvinhu zvevakuru

dombo - 25 July 2018

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