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Zimbabwe heads for an illegal election
for Democratic Change
special voting exercise has exposed the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
(ZEC)'s lack of preparedness for free, fair
and credible elections on 31 July, the MDC secretary general,
Hon. Tendai Biti has said.
press conference in Harare, today, Hon. Biti said although the MDC
has high respect for ZEC commissioners ad its chairperson Justice
Rita Makarau, the party was dismayed by the actions of the ZEC secretariat,
which clearly show that it is taking instructions from the 'chaos
faction' of Zanu-PF.
Hon. Biti said
the MDC had been vindicated in its calls for reconstitution of the
evident that our fears are being vindicated,” Hon. Biti said.
Since the special
voting exercise started on Sunday, the process has been marred by
a number of irregularities including delays in the dispatching of
ballot papers, administrative blunders and blatant violation of
the electoral law.
Hon. Biti cited
a number said in Mashonaland Central ballot dispatched by ZEC were
mixed. In Masvingo there was not a single ballot paper dispatched
by yesterday morning while in Harare long queues were witnessed
at polling stations.
To add to the
chaos at some polling stations, polling agents from the MDC were
turned away on flimsy grounds that they had not been accredited
as polling agents when in fact they were duly accredited.
is a serious disconnect between ZEC and its staff,” said Hon.
Biti adding that the military junta and some dark forces in Zanu
PF had now taken over the operations of ZEC.
abuse of the law has arrested this election from day one. There
was clear breach of the secrecy of the vote as at some centres they
were called by their names and told to come and vote,” said
Hon. Biti citing Mt Pleasant and Main Hall polling stations.
unacceptable and illegal. ZEC discarded the voters’ roll and
is using illegal election practices,” he said.
In Nkayi, Matabeleland
North province, Zanu PF parliamentary candidates were slaughtering
cattle for the police officers.
Hon. Biti queried
why 70 000 applications had been made when the police had an estimated
contingent of 45 000.
is recruited without the Treasury concurrence,” said Hon.
Biti adding that the MDC had managed to get hold of a copy of the
full list of civil servants who had applied for special voting and
will be analyzing it comprehensively to expose any rigging that
really worried about ZEC and we have lost constitutional respect
as the military junta have taken over and ZEC no longer has the
ability to run the elections. If three days were not enough for
70 000 people what guarantees are there that they will be able to
manage six million people in one day. There is a hidden hand driving
this chaos,” said Hon. Biti.
He said as a
party, the MDC is aware that Zimbabwe was going into an election
without critical legislative and media reforms while violence was
on the increase in some parts of the country. He also complained
that MDC campaign posters were being pulled down across the country.
election is immoral, un-free, illegitimate and unfair. We are participating
in these elections because the people of Zimbabwe are tired as evidenced
by the way they spoke in Marondera, Mutare, Masvingo, Neuso and
Gokwe today. The people want change and we are going to soldier
on,” said Hon. Biti.
He said the
MDC will not give up the fight and will use all the avenues to ensure
continue to go to the courts as everyone has to be accountable and
we will inform SADC,” said Hon. Biti while thanking genuine
police officers who took part in the special voting exercise as
they reduced the vote rigging chances of Zanu-PF.
officers have frustrated Zanu-PF in its attempt to cheat as it has
not worked out. This shows that the people of Zimbabwe want change,”
he said. Hon Biti revealed that the party had been overwhelmed by
messages of support and solidarity from members of the security
establishment who are urging the party to soldier on.
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