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Agenda Trust statement on special voting
Youth Agenda Trust
July 15, 2013
Trust has noted with disgust the manner in which the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission (ZEC) has botched
the special voting which started on Sunday. The confusion, chaos,
intimidation and violence that we saw across the country only shows
that ZEC is not only ill-prepared, but is not competent to handle
a national election.
YAT has received
reports that some polling officers were policemen in civilian attire,
that some senior police officers were intimidating their juniors
and that some of them were asked to write down serial numbers of
their ballot papers.
YAT is also
disturbed to note that ZEC was not even able to open polling stations
on time, provide enough voting material and was seriously understaffed.
As Youth Agenda,
we feel that the chaos that we saw was stage managed and deliberately
created to manipulate the outcome of the elections. We also maintain
that ZEC is not able to conduct a credible election which can usher
in a people's government and that it is not prepared for this election.
YAT is also
now convinced that information circulating in the media that ZEC
and the Registrar General's office are working with a shadowy Israeli
organisation to rig the July 31 elections is true and that the two
government entities are not willing to conduct a free and fair election.
1. The ZEC board resign immediately and pave way for the appointment
of credible office bearers who are willing to work for the people.
2. ZEC bring back the names of over one million people it has deleted
on the voter's roll.
3. The election slated for July 31 be moved to a later date to allow
ZEC to put its house in order.
4. The Israeli company operating as the de-facto RG's office be
booted out of the country immediately.
5. The special voting be stopped and moved to a later date to allow
for order to return to ZEC.
6. ZEC accounts for all the ballots it has printed for the special
7. ZEC conducts its business in a professional manner that does
not prejudice the electorate.
promised long and short sleeves
here have been promised violence by Zanu-PF leaders who have told
them that they will be amputated, the short and long sleeve style
reminiscent of the 2008 polls if they fail to get president Robert
Mugabe back into office on 31 July.
The youths say
that villagers are living in fear whenever memories of the 2008
atrocities flood their minds. They say that they are being force
marched to attend Zanu PF meetings and rallies where they are being
threatened and told that if they resist, they will come after them
once the election is over.
a Play Your Vote Sports tournament that was held at Zvipani growth
point in Magunje, the youths appealed for international observers
and civil society to come up with community protection mechanisms
that protects the villagers from unscrupulous politicians. Addressing
the youths, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Right's Jeremiah Bamu urged
the youths to prioritise their security and not to cowed into submission
by the threats as it was the party's tactic to manipulate the election.
is really no legal basis for the use of violence to force people
to support certain political parties. It is your democratic right
to participate in national processes such as elections, therefore
there is no need for you to be afraid," Bamu said. YAT programmes
manager Lawrence Mashungu scoffed at the threats and urged the youths
to be vigilant and shun all forms of violence.
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