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Zimbabwe's Elections 2013 - Index of Articles
MDC update on election developments
for Democratic Change
The MDC commends
the people of Zimbabwe for coming
out in their millions to vote for real change but however, the
party has unearthed serious vote rigging shenanigans by Zanu-PF
and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) across the country.
In Gwanda Central,
Matabeleland South, Maramba Pfungwe, ballot papers ran out and voters
were being told to wait for the ballot papers.
A polling station
not on the list provided by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC)
was created during the course of the day and youths who are suspected
to be members of the Zanu-PF youth militia were observed voting
at the station. The regional observers were notified about this
Harare, the MDC parliamentary candidate, Dr. Tapiwa Mashakada, discovered
that scores of unregistered voters had cast their votes in the constituency.
At least 22 of those ghost voters were arrested and are currently
being held at Hatfield Police Station. The police have since confiscated
unused fake ballot papers from Acie Lumumba, the Zanu-PF parliamentary
candidate although he has not been arrested.
In another worrying
scenario, in Mbare, Harare, voters who are vendors at Mbare Musika
market stalls were asked to take pictures of the last three digits
of their serial numbers while other voters across the country who
had not registered to vote or had not been allowed to vote found
themselves on the voter’s roll.
Mashonaland Central all the MDC polling agents were chased away
by ZEC officials and the police. In Muzarabani North, Guruve North,
Mutoko North, Bikita, Zaka Central, villagers, civil servants including
g teachers, headmasters and nurses were assisted to vote by known
Manicaland, Chipo Mbofana, a polling agent at Mt Carmel in Ward
32 was arrested for unknown reasons while Lucky Banda, an MDC driver
was arrested at Girls College in Bulawayo where he was dropping
off polling agents from a party vehicle and in Hurungwe Central,
Mashonaland West, Charles Kapara and Bill Musa MDC polling agents
were attacked by Zanu-PF activists at Ethorpe polling station. The
two then made a report RRB Number 1680878 at Karoi Police Station.
Million Luke, a member of the JOMIC team and an MDC activist was
arrested at Fixstone primary school in Ward 25, Chegutu West.
In Mbizo, Midlands
province, six voters who were formerly termed as “aliens”
but had managed to register in June were denied the right to vote
while disabled voters were forced to be assisted to vote by known
these Zanu-PF and ZEC shenanigans, the MDC is confident that the
will of the people will prevail as they have defied the Zanu-PF
rigging system and managed come out in their huge numbers to vote
for real change and transformation.
As a party,
the MDC is encouraged by the high turnout of the people of Zimbabwe
who have decided to vote for a new Zimbabwe. We remain confident
that in spite of all these challenges, the people of Zimbabwe will
deliver real change and transformation.
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