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Hon. Biti meets SADC observers
for Democratic Change
The MDC secretary
general, Hon Tendai Biti today met with SADC observers in Zimbabwe
to monitor the 31
was held at the MDC head quarters, Harvest House.
During the meeting,
Hon. Biti raised concerns over the credibility of the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission (ZEC) to hold free and fair elections, the continued
vitriol coming out from the public broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting
Corporation, the failure by security sector to issue out a statement
showing their commitment to their impartiality of belonging to any
political party and failure by Zanu-PF to implement issues that
were resolved during the SADC summit held in Maputo,
Mozambique last month.
of the Zanu-PF candidates in its primary elections were serving
members of the police and army and we now have a plethora of lawlessness,”
Hon. Biti said.
He raised concerns
on why ZEC had managed to make an application at the Constitutional
Court seeking that civil servants especially police officers who
failed to cast their special votes, be allowed to vote when it failed
to make a similar application when over three million Zimbabweans
failed to register to vote on 31 July.
to court to have half of the police officers who failed to vote
on 14 and 15 July to cast their vote on 31 July but what worries
us is they could not go to court for the three million people who
could not register to vote,” he said.
He raised concerns
on the current state of the voters’ roll after ZEC had failed
to furnish the party with the roll raising fears that dead people
are still appearing on the roll.
we know is that over 100 000 people over 100 years old are on the
voters’ roll while the number of polling stations in urban
areas have been reduced from those that were available in 2008.
I know these things do not happen in your countries but they are
taking place in Zimbabwe,” said Hon. Biti.
He said the
election process had been militarized after military personnel had
seconded to polling station across the country against the Electoral
Act of Zimbabwe.
Some of the
soldiers who are manning polling stations are; Staff Sergeant Nhamo
Kamunhenga who is at Charles Clark, Staff Sergeant Albert Matare
at Birimahwe, Corporal Christopher Nyamunhondo at Badze primary
school, Sergeant Gushu, Sergeant Manhende and Corporal Nyazungu
all at Magunje primary school. Major Zwizwai of the 2.3 Infantry
Battalion is the coordinator of the above army personnel.
about the role of the military during the special vote and the voter
registration process itself,” said Hon. Biti.
He further raised
concerns on the rising levels of violence and intimidation.
violations include assaults by members of the army, the tearing
down of MDC posters, the burning of party regalia and the force-marching
of people and closure of business activities when Zanu-PF rallies
are being held,” said Hon. Biti.
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