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to hold mock elections
March 17, 2005
Zimbabweans, who have been barred from taking part in the March
31 parliamentary polls, are going to stage mock elections on that
same day to express their anger at being excluded from the polls.
Vote Action Group (DVAG), which recently laun-ched a legal challenge
to be allowed to vote in their current domiciles, said it was going
to stage mock elections in various parts of the world.
The South Africa chapter of the DVAG said will conduct the elections
in Pretoria, in front of the Zimba-bwean embassy.
will also be followed by demonstrations, said spokesperson for the
movement, Daniel Molokela who is also a human rights lawyer.
Organisations (NGOs) from Zimbabwe and South Africa as well as human
rights activists from that country are also expected to join hands
in picketing the embassy.
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition was playing an instrumental role in
organising the mock elections.
elections are also planned in Australia and United Kingdom. Both
countries have significant populations of Zimbabweans resident there.
It is estimated
that more 3.4 million Zimbabweans, who are eligible voters, are
living and working abroad.
More than two million Zimbabweans are estimated to be living and
working in neighbouring South Africa. Molokela said more than 12
buses would be used to pick up Zimbabweans from designated points
to Pretoria for the mock elections.
will be done in Pretoria at the Zimbabwean embassy where polling
booths are going to be erected. After the elections there will be
picketing where solidarity speeches will be delivered," Molokela
told The Financial Gazette.
to register our concern about the failure of democracy in Zimbabwe,
to tell the whole world that we are not happy at being excluded
from voting in our motherland," he said.
said his group had concerns over Zimbabwe’s election processes,
which he said had a lot of shortcomings.
Harare’s ability to conduct free and fair polls also comes at a
time when government has invited observers from friendly nations,
while spurning perceived critics of the ZANU PF government.
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