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PF tests its rigging machinery
Moyo, The Independent (Zimbabwe)
March 28, 2013
ZANU PF has
referendum figures to suit its template for predetermined victory
in the next critical general elections, with party officials telling
supporters and would-be voters especially in Mashonaland provinces
since the greater percentage of the “Yes” voters were
from its strongholds, that would translate into a landslide
at the polls.
voting trends showing traditional Zanu PF rural strongholds recorded
high turnouts to drive the “Yes” vote compared to urban
areas, there are fears the party could manipulate the results to
register a convincing victory in the imminent make-or-break elections.
figures released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), voting
trends showed an increase of voters in Zanu PF-dominated areas such
as Mashonaland provinces and key regions like Manicaland, Masvingo
and Midlands, raising questions over the accuracy of the results.
recorded the highest votes with 515 000, Manicaland recorded 418
000; Mashonaland Central 342 000; Mashonaland East 397 000; Mashonaland
West 342 000; Masvingo 304 000; Midlands 394 000, with Bulawayo
and the Matabeleland provinces recording low voter turnout.
ZEC says 3 259
454 voted on March 16 and is the highest turnout in any poll since
Independence, beating the previous record of 3 046 891 set in the
2002 presidential election.
Justice Rita Makarau initially projected a voter turnout of close
to two million on March 17 before announcing a turnout of more than
three million – a huge increase on its earlier projection.
Zanu PF has
vowed to go for broke in the forthcoming high-stakes elections and
is known for using all sorts of strategies and tactics to win by
fair means or foul. Suspicion abounds that the more than three million
voter turnout in the referendum may have been manipulated to give
Zanu PF leverage in its rigging plot ahead of elections.
the referendum figures point to the virtual absence of queues at
most polling stations countrywide, contrary to ZEC’s claims
of a high voter turnout.
chairperson Lovemore Madhuku said the results were doctored.
that there was close to a million more voters in the referendum
than in the March 2008 harmonised
elections is to take the public for fools,” said Madhuku.
“In any event, the claim that more than three million voted
is a fraud by ZEC.”
Sources in the
security sector said there was a parallel collation of results carried
out by the police during the voting process.
sent results every hour to an unknown centre not under the ZEC command
centres,” said the source.
Blessing Vava said Zanu PF used the referendum to test its rigging
machinery in preparation for the elections.
referendum was a dress rehearsal for Zanu PF to test its machinery
for rigging the next elections,” said Vava.
Vava said the
NCA had observers at every polling station and is convinced the
figures are nowhere near three million. He said the MDC parties
would “suffer the consequences of their folly in joining Zanu
PF to endorse what was clearly a fraudulent process”.
it is understandable for Zanu PF to claim high turnouts, especially
in rural areas, it is surprising the MDC parties endorsed the fraudulent
process. Having endorsed this process, the MDC parties will no longer
have the moral high ground to complain when rigging is repeated
in the elections,” Vava warned.
said the party failed to field polling agents across the country,
leaving ZEC officials and the security apparatus to run the process
the fraud was committed by printing 12 million ballot papers for
the referendum which many estimated would not even attract a quarter
of eligible voters.
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