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PM's party declares no faith in polls
Mhofu, VOA News
July 16, 2013
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for Zimbabwe's elections got underway this week with special
early voting by police and security agents. That voting extended
to a third day Tuesday - one more than originally scheduled - in
what appears to be a violation of the constitution. The prime minister’s
party says it will go to court in an effort to have the votes nullified.
The development prompted
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic
Change [MDC] party to say it has lost faith in the Zimbabwe Electoral
Finance Minister Tendai
Biti, a senior official of the MDC, said he was taking ZEC to court
over the extension.
“We have lost institutional
faith in ZEC, despite our strong respect for individuals in it,"
said Biti. "We feel that the junta has taken over this process.
ZEC is no longer in charge. There were 209 special polling stations
across the country trying to service about 70,000 people. In three
days they failed to do that."
The prime minister’s
party also argues that ZEC inflated the number of security agents
in order to rig the elections for President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF
The early voting is meant
for security forces who will be working on the day when the population
of Zimbabwe votes, July 31.
On Wednesday, Zimbabwe’s
high court will hear an appeal from the MDC to have these early
Even before this controversy,
the elections appeared beset by trouble. Last week, Biti warned
that Zimbabwe was about $90 million short in election funding.
if they go through, are expected to end the power-sharing government
formed by Mugabe and Tsvangirai after the violent
and disputed 2008 elections.
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