Zimbabwe opposition marches on electoral agency to demand reforms

Blanche Robertson
July 14, 2018

"We are exhausted of ZANU-PF machinations", said Rebecca Amon, 39, a housewife and mother of two.

The MDC leader pointed out that the electoral management body was losing credibility daily, as it fails to come out clean in the printing of ballot papers.

The planned demonstration by the Nelson Chamisa led MDC Alliance scheduled for today (Wednesday, 11th of June) over failure by ZEC to avail a comprehensive auditable voters roll and allow political parties to observe ballot printing is on.

In a hard hitting statement Tuesday, the parties and candidates said of particular concern was the apparent proliferation at ZEC's instigation of various "voters rolls" giving rise to fears of possible rigging.

While ZEC says it has complied with the provisions of the law and made available to contestants the analysable version of the contentious biometric voters roll (BVR), the parties argue there are so many versions of the list flying around that it has become hard to tell which one will be used in the election proper on July 30. The list, which was made public after a court order, also has more than 100 voters sharing a single identity number and registered at one address. "The candidate was given another version in which their name now appeared".

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"No one can be sure what version will be used on voting day".

But Zanu PF deputy secretary for legal affairs Paul Mangwana said: "We are on the ground addressing people who will vote".

MDC-T deputy president Elias Mudzuri, who was standing in for Chamisa, threatened that they would embark on a march similar to the one which preceded the fall of former President Robert Mugabe last November.

Supporters flashed red cards, used by football referees to expel players from the field, and blew whistles as Chamisa handed a petition to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission officials in downtown Harare.

"Mnangagwa said he will give us a free and fair election but at the moment, the election will not be free and fair. Our demonstration is just a highlight that we are not going to allow these people to steal elections", he said.

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