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ballots, Zvakwana urges voters
The Financial Gazette (Zimbabwe)
March 17, 2005
group, Zvakwana, is urging voters to come out in full force on March
31 . . . to spoil the ballot papers and register disenchantment
with the circumstances under which the parliamentary elections will
Zvakwana, which has taken
protest to new heights, or depths, depending on where one stands,
is behind bold political graffiti and has been accused of defacing
bank notes and condom brands to further its cause — the ouster
of the ZANU PF government.
"At Zvakwana we
believe that spoiling your ballot is the best action on election
day. Why? Because there is no question that many things with this
election are unacceptable. The opposition party is saying this all
the time. The only news we get from them is information about assault,
abandoned meetings, intimidation and such like.
"On election day
when you spoil your ballot you will be clearly stating that you
do not legitimise the sham that all these politicians are calling
an election. Spoiling your ballot is active, and it is a valid form
of expression when faced with a flawed election. For all those who
have been saying we do not support this election in any way - go
and spoil your ballot instead of sitting at home on election day.
This action is not a rejection of any independent candidate or political
party it is a rejection of the process," Zvakwana exhorted
in its newsletter, distributed via e-mail.
The esoteric Zvakwana,
regarded by government as a rogue pro-Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) regime change proponent, last year caught international attention
when it floated two yatchs off the coast of Mauritius, boldly emblazoned
Zvakwana (enough), as Southern African Development Com-munity heads
of state and government — including President Robert Mugabe
— met at Grand Baie to deliberate on regional standards for
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