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MDC-T for special vote chaos misplaced
Moses Matenga, NewsDay
July 17, 2013
Republic Police (ZRP) has been accused of being partisan by seeking
to blame the chaos that characterised the two-day special
voting process, which ended on Monday, on the MDC-T party.
Analysts told NewsDay
yesterday that the statement by the police was “out of order”
and exposed their partisanship, adding that the obtaining situation
pointed to a disputed poll.
National police spokesperson
Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba on Monday blamed
the failure by thousands of police officers and other civil servants
to vote on “frivolous court applications” by the MDC-T.
Thousands of people,
including police officers, who should have cast their ballots on
Sunday and Monday, failed to do so because, according to the Zimbabwe
Electoral Commission (Zec), voting material, particularly ballot
papers, had not been distributed to the voting centres on time.
The situation resulted
in chaotic scenes at polling centres around the country, including
Town House in Harare, where anti-riot police squads had to be called
to restore order as frustrated police officers had become riotous.
in Zimbabwe Coalition director McDonald Lewanika blamed the
chaos on the decision by authorities to stampede the country into
an election without proper planning and preparation.
He said it was not too
late to stop the July 31 elections to avoid a “sham election”
that was bound to embarrass the country.
an unfortunate witch-hunt. People can’t be stopped from going
to court and you can’t use that to explain the unpreparedness
of Zec. They should admit that they were not prepared,” said
too late to stop the process and we should make a choice on whether
we want an election for the sake of it or we need a credible election.
What is happening now is pointing to a chaotic election, a disputed
election and another sham election.”
the National Constitutional
Assembly (NCA) spokesperson, said the police should not lay
blame on the MDC-T as the organisers of the elections were at fault.
can only be blamed on the organisers of elections.
The police must desist
from pointing fingers at political parties.
It compromises their
neutrality as a force,” Chivasa said.
“They must not
be seen to undermine their role by echoing sentiments that suggest
that they are against MDC-T.”
NCA leader Professor
Lovemore Madhuku also said there was nothing wrong with the MDC-T
court application and described the comments by Charamba as “irresponsible”.
“The blame lies
with the Zec system and the police are unfair to blame the MDC-T,”
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