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Con Court postpones indefinitely ruling on postal voting
for Democratic Change
Court (Con Court) has postponed indefinitely a matter that was brought
before it by Tavengwa Bukaibenyu seeking to overturn sections of
Act, which bar postal voting for ordinary Zimbabweans.
in exile and is a driver by profession. He is challenging the Electoral
Act as he feels it is disenfranchising millions of Zimbabweans in
exile from exercising their right to vote.
He is claiming
that the Act infringes on his rights to have a voice on who governs
Postal and special
voting in Zimbabwe has been a preserve of a very small group of
people in Zimbabwe, particularly uniformed forces and diplomats.
This process has largely been opaque.
In its Conditions
for a Sustainable Election in Zimbabwe (CoSEZ), the MDC’s
position is that there is need to put clarity and certainty of postal
Electoral Commission (ZEC) needs to put in place mechanisms to ensure
that this process is not abused. There is need for unimpeded monitoring
of this voting process by all political parties and other election
urged to investigate of political violence in Masvingo
The MDC provincial
chairperson, Wilstaff Sitemere has called on the Joint Monitoring
and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) to investigate cases of politically
motivated violence and intimidation across the province as the country
braces for the watershed polls.
the call at a JOMIC inter-party meeting held in Masvingo town on
Wednesday. The MDC provincial chairperson said it was crucial that
JOMIC investigate cases of intimidation and violence being reported
across the province so that the province is not rocked by any form
of political violence.
was to raise awareness about the code of conduct for political parties.
He said some
traditional leaders were causing havoc in the rural areas by threatening
villagers with eviction if they do not show allegiance to Zanu-PF.
known traditional leaders are threatening villagers in the rural
areas and it is my hope that JOMIC will act on the matter because
we have received numerous reports of intimidation and threats of
violence coming from traditional leaders,” he said.
issues have to be addressed before elections because some traditional
leaders are defying the very tenets of the Global
Political Agreement (GPA). Although we have received few reports
about inter-party violence we are still very much concerned about
the role being played by some traditional leaders in drumming up
support for Zanu PF and threatening villagers. We hope JOMIC is
going to quickly act on the matter,” said Sitemere.
He called on
the police to be objective in handling political issues adding that
law enforcement agents were too eager to please Zanu-PF by thwarting
MDC activities and the will of the people in choosing freely people
who will represent them.
have an obligation to serve the interests of the public regardless
of political affiliation but this has not been happening because
the police are afraid of confronting Zanu-PF supporters who break
the law while they have a knack of flexing their muscles on MDC
supporters,” he said.
summit this weekend
The SADC summit
which was postponed from last weekend will now be held this Saturday
15 June 2013. The MDC will be taking to SADC its commitment to free
and fair election which should be held as soon as possible without
delay. However, the party will insist on key reforms that have a
bearing on the freeness and fairness of the elections. These include;
of the voter’s registration exercise
2) Eradication of all forms of state sponsored violence
3) Drawing up of a code of conduct to govern the behaviour of security
services during elections in line with section 208 of the constitution
which stipulate that;
- They should
not be partisan
- They must
not campaign for or against a political party and must respect
fundamental Human Rights.
- There must
be full democratisation of the state media to make it accessible
to all contesting parties during election.
- There must
be a realignment of all laws which have a bearing on elections
into conformity with the constitution.
All these issues
are provided for in the new constitution and it is only prudent
for everyone concerned to adhere to constitutional provisions.
In keeping in
touch with the best international standards in information communication
technology, the MDC has re-branded its website www.mdc.co.zw.
The site now
has several features fresh features while it maintains some sections
that were popular with the visitors. Visitors to the site can now
subscribe on the page to receive regular updates and events taking
place across the country.
The MDC website
is one of the most popular political party website in the country
and Africa and is updated daily. Visitors to the site can like the
MDC social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
MDC has launched a blog page to complement its other news outlets.
The blog page - mdcnewsbrief.blog.spot will carry out insightful
opinions and features by some of the top writers in and outside
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