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We're on the road to yet another disputed poll
Mail and Guardian (SA)
July 12, 2013
The MDC-T has
described as "unfortunate" the decision to press ahead
and presidential elections on July 31 following last week's
Constitutional Court ruling, and has warned that the polls will
produce another disputed result.
Douglas Mwonzora was reacting to a report by the Research
Advocacy Unit (RAU) in Harare that revealed
the chaotic state of the June 2013 voter's roll. Last week, the
Mail & Guardian was the first media outlet to report the RAU's
The unit found
that the roll lists a million Zimbabweans who are either dead or
have left the country; 116 000 people over the age of 100, a figure
it describes as "unlikely"; and 78 constituencies with
more registered voters than adult residents.
The report also
notes that close to two million Zimbabweans below the age of 30
it is because of the RAU findings that his party wanted a period
in which the voter's roll could be inspected.
clear that the voter's roll is in a shambles. It is being manipulated
by the registrar general's office and the CIO [Central Intelligence
Organisation] as a way to rig the election," he said. "At
most registration stations in Harare, for example, fewer than 20
people are registered each day. That has made voter registration
Harare is considered
one of the MDC-T's strongholds. In the 2008
parliamentary election, the party won 23 of the 24 constituencies
in Zimbabwe's capital city.
"When mobile voter registration started, there were more centres
in Zanu-PF areas than in the MDC areas. For example, there were
98 polling stations in Mashonaland Central [province], compared
to 49 in the whole of Manicaland [province]. Manicaland is presumed
to be a MDC stronghold."
He added: "We
did try to raise these issues with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
(ZEC), but nothing has been done. The ZEC is very weak and manipulated
by the [registrar general's] office, which is in turn manipulated
by the CIO. The elections are going to happen, unfortunately, and
will produce another disputed result."
also reported as saying that last week's ruling by the Constitutional
Court was "predictable" and that "it was clear it
was going to make a political decision rather than a legal decision".
was destined to fail anyway, because it was poorly written by the
minister of justice, who wanted this particular outcome. The court
did not want to displease the emperor," he said.
Development Community (SADC) executive secretary Tomaz Salomão
said he was not aware of the RAU report, but urged Zimbabweans to
prepare for elections and abide by the court ruling.
said: "We have our observers on the ground and they send information
to our centres on a daily basis - they will advise us. I am going
to Zimbabwe on Sunday; I can't assess things from a distance.
is that there is a ruling of the court and we have to abide by it.
There's no debate about it."
who is South African President Jacob Zuma's international adviser
and one of his SADC facilitators in Zimbabwe, said she had seen
the RAU findings but could not comment on them, as she was working
on a report for Zuma.
arising from the elections must be dealt with by Zimbabweans through
the elections commission. But SADC cannot exclude itself,"
for the principal focuses on the decision taken by the heads of
state at the SADC summit. It will cover what has been done since
then and what we think should be done."
The SADC summit
urged Harare to apply to the courts for an extension of the election
date but said that it would respect any decision of the courts.
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