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Zapu against elections next year

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The Zimbabwe African People’s Union (Zapu) says it is against the holding of elections next year being proposed by Zimbabwe’s two major political parties, Zanu PF and MDC-T.

However, it said they would have no choice but to participate if the elections were forced onto the people.

“We will take that (holding elections next year) as a challenge, although we feel the country is not yet ready to go to the polls,” Zapu national treasurer Macdonald Muswere told NewsDay.

He said although President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai were mobilising their supporters to prepare for elections next year, Zapu was against the idea.

“We are worried about the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. Although they announced that they are ready for the elections, I do not think everything is now in place.

(President) Mugabe and Tsvangirai need to consult broadly before they announce elections for next year,” said the Zapu treasurer.

The top echelons of the police, army and intelligence are said to be fighting in President Mugabe’s corner while the Western countries are in Tsvangirai’s.

Increasing fears are that structures which ensured President Mugabe remained at the helm of the country in the bloody 2008 polls have been reactivated to influence the voting pattern once again.

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