Lupane Senator Dalubuhle Khumalo said people in his area are not interested in elections, and if the leaders forcibly pushed ahead with a plebiscite next year, there would be so much voter apathy the election would be nothing but a sham.
President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF are demanding that elections be held by mid-next year to end the life of the shaky inclusive government.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC, has also said it is ready for elections although they say conditions should be put in place to ensure a free and fair ballot.
Khumalo, told NewsDay yesterday it was unnecessary to try to resolve the impasse between President Mugabe and PM Tsvangirai with an election that voters would shun and cause an embarrassment for the country.
“People are not interested in elections and are saying it’s too soon after the last election that was so violent. However if the leaders push ahead with this election, I can foresee massive voter apathy. People will simply stay in their homes because of the violence that marred previous elections. Some people will even flee their homes. This will make the elections a laughing matter,” he said.
He said the inconclusive election was between President Mugabe and PM Tsvangirai only and the two should solve their problem without involving the electorate.
“It is untrue that we fear for our terms in office. We are actually saying the unresolved election is between the two of them: (President) Mugabe and (PM) Tsvangirai. Why can’t they resolve it without involving us in their issues? This is not the first time that it is happening,” he said.
The presidential contest between President Mugabe and PM Tsvangirai failed to produce a winner in March 2008.
After beating President Mugabe in the first round of the elections, but failing to garner 51% of the votes cast, PM Tsvangirai withdrew from the second violent run-off election in which the President stood alone in June 2008.
President Mugabe went on to claim a huge victory but was forced into negotiations later in the year, leading to the formation of the inclusive government in February 2009, which brought the bitter rivals together and saw some Zanu PF politicians pushed out of government.
High-ranking Zanu PF officials such as party chairman Simon Khaya Moyo have been vocal in calling for the dissolution of the inclusive government and demanding an election, in which they want to contest, next year.