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accuses junta of running parallel structures in ZEC
Sibanda, SW Radio Africa
The MDC-T has
accused the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of a series of electoral
breaches, chief among them allowing the special
voting to spill into a third day, which they said was unconstitutional.
voting for about 90,000 government workers, who will be on duty
during the elections on July 31st, was meant to be done in two days,
Sunday and Monday, but ZEC allowed it to continue on Tuesday.
with media reports that the two-day special vote was engulfed by
massive irregularities that also exposed ZEC’s lack of readiness
to conduct the upcoming harmonized elections in just one day, in
two week’s time.
Minister accused the military junta of having a hand in what was
happening within the electoral body. He explained that there was
a total disconnect between the ZEC head office and some of its officials
in the field, who are obviously not acting under instructions from
is another master they’re reporting to and in our respective
view, it is the junta, who have clearly taken over the running of
these elections,’ Biti said.
At a press conference
in Harare, Biti recounted numerous breaches from the two day special
voting, that ranged from non delivery of voting material to corrupt
election practices. The most serious breach was to allow the voting
to be extended to Tuesday without seeking a court clearance.
our calls for changes to ZEC staffing have been vindicated. Except
for the ZEC chair Rita Makarau and the commissioners, some of the
staff at the electoral body has failed to deliver.
lost institutional faith in ZEC despite our strong respect for individuals
in the body. What we’ve seen now is that ZEC is no longer
were 209 polling stations across the country trying to service about
70,000 people. In three days they failed to do that. Come July 31st
there will be six million Zimbabweans in over 9,000 polling stations,’
Some of the
complaints that MDC-T officials sent to their command centre were
efforts by Zanu-PF to bus in police officers in the dead of night
to polling centres. Most of them however failed to cast their votes
as they were not on the voters’ rolls for the particular constituencies
they were driven to.
At the Suri
Suri Airforce base outside Chegutu, there was a zero voter turn
out as the expected voters just did not pitch up. In Marondera,
most police officers failed to vote as they were sent to keep peace
and order at Robert Mugabe’s star rally in the town.
In central Harare,
police had to dispatch anti-riot squads to control their uniformed
colleagues who were attempting to force their way into a polling
station at Town House on Monday. They were complaining at the lack
of ballot papers. In Mt Pleasant, some officers broke the windows
at the polling station, in anger at the chaotic voting.
But police spokesperson,
Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, blamed the MDC-T
for the chaotic scenes that characterized the special voting.
She told journalists
that because of the ‘frivolous’ nature of court applications
filed by the MDC-T, ZEC were left with little time to print ballots
for the exercise.
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