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Zanu PF chaos faction continues to manipulate special voting
for Democratic Change
The chaos faction
in Zanu-PF is clearly trying to manipulate the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission (ZEC) to block the special
voting process for police officers and civil servants.
After most police
officers and other civil servants around the country have refused
to be coerced by their superiors to vote for Zanu-PF, ZEC is now
deliberately blocking them from voting.
Out of a possible
70 000 ballot papers, only 6 092 had been dispatched by end of day
Sunday, 14 July 2013. Out of a police force of 40 000, special vote
applications from the police have ballooned to 69 292. This is a
stark indication of how the Zanu-PF intends to use the police to
further their interests.
from the army and 2000 from the prison services have applied for
special voting and information reaching the MDC reveals that they
have been deployed to campaign for Zanu-PF across the country in
the coming elections.
situation caused by some dark forces in Zanu-PF vindicates the MDC’s
position that Zimbabwe is not ready to hold free, fair and credible
The MDC head
office has been inundated with calls from police officers across
the country that have highlighted how their superiors have tried
in vain to intimidate them into voting for Zanu-PF but it has not
been successful resulting in ZEC being forced to delay the process.
are questioning how their spouses were given fake force numbers
and coerced to apply for special voting.
The police officers
have questioned how people employed as general hands in the Zimbabwe
Republic Police qualified for special voting when they will not
be deployed anywhere on 31 July, the Election Day.
A list of all
police officers who applied for special voting submitted to the
MDC revealed how a team headed by the Police Commissioner General
Augustine Chihuri orchestrated a strategy to balloon the police
force before the application for special voting by drafting in neighbourhood
watch personnel, spouses of police officers and youths from the
national youth training institutions into the police force and made
to apply for special voting.
The MDC applauds
the police officers who have however insisted that they will not
be cowed into voting for a party that for the past 33 years neglected
their welfare and conditions of service.
have also insisted that they will not be used to further the interests
of Zanu-PF and will use their democratic right despite attempts
by Chihuri and other senior officials to block this.
The MDC is concerned
that the coming elections will produce another contested result
due to the manipulation of ZEC by Zanu-PF and give the people of
Zimbabwe their democratic right in choosing candidates of their
The MDC applauds
the bold decision taken by the police officers and assures them
that they are monitoring this special vote process to ensure that
they are not intimidated and coerced into voting for Zanu-PF.
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