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President Morgan Tsvangirai’s press briefing on elections
for Democratic Change
has been a huge farce. Its credibility has been marred by administrative
and legal violations which affect the legitimacy of its outcome.
There are two critical issues:
1. The election
does not meet SADC
Guidelines. It is a sham election that does not reflect the
will of the people.
failed to register and were disenfranchised
- Not delivered
timeously as required by law
- No proper
inspection of the voters’ roll to verify authenticity
of names on the voters roll
movement of voters from their wards (leading to almost 40% voters
being turned away and disenfranchised)
of voters’ choice - Voters forced to plead illiteracy and
resort to “assistance”.
1.3 Use of traditional
leaders (chiefs and headmen) to intimidate voters.
voter migration - Voters bussed into constituencies to vote eg Harare
for voters especially in farming areas
1.6 Abuse of
the facility to use Voter Registration Slips as proof of registration
of the electoral process - electoral processes under the effective
control of security personnel
1.8 Lack of
transparency in the printing of ballots
with section 51 of the Electoral
b.) over-printing of ballots (more than 35%) and lack of accountability
1.9 Lack of
transparency and double-voting in the use of the Special Vote
1.10 Lack of
transparency in the use of the Postal Voting system
2. Failure to implement SADC reforms
2.1 Media reform
2.2 Security sector
I have met with
the chair of the AU observer mission, former Nigerian President
Obasanjo, head of the SADC observer mission, Minister Mmembe and
I have given a diplomatic briefing. The message we have given is
that this is not a credible election. It does not reflect the will
of the people of Zimbabwe.
For the above
reasons, the election has been heavily manipulated. In our view,
the outcome of this election is illegitimate. But more importantly,
the shoddy manner in which it has been conducted and the consequent
illegitimacy of the result will plunge this country into a serious
call for SADC and the AU audit teams to look into this process,
in particular the voters roll, the ballots and the manner in which
the whole process was conducted. In our view this election does
not meet the SADC, AU and international standards for a credible,
legitimate, free and fair election.
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