Calls for poll audit unsettle Zanu PF: Mwonzora

THE MDC-T has taken a jibe at Zanu PF, saying its incessant refusal to allow for a forensic audit of the just-ended elections confirmed fears that the party was aware it had rigged the polls.

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Speaking during a post-election public debate in Harare on Thursday, MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said Zanu PF has been unsettled by calls for an audit of the electoral documents, adding the party feared forensic checks could open a can of worms and expose its electoral rigging mechanisms.

“What does Zanu PF lose if the audit of the election is done?” asked Mwonzora, amid applause from the audience.

“Why is there fear of the audit? Is there something wrong?”

Mwonzora lauded Botswana for urging the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) to demand an audit of Zimbabwe’s elections.

The MDC-T has dismissed the election results as a farce and appealed to local courts and Sadc seeking nullification of Zanu PF and President Robert Mugabe’s victory.

Addressing the same meeting, Zanu PF representative Paul Mangwana said Botswana should not be taken seriously as the neighbouring country was known to be “hostile to Zimbabwe”.

Mangwana also said the absence of a voters’ roll was not an excuse to dismiss the elections as not credible.

“A voters’ roll can never be perfect . . . we have managed to be advanced in birth registration, but not registration of deaths so there will be names of dead people in the voters’ roll,” said Mangwana.

“But I have not heard of anyone who has found a dead person who voted. The mere existence of a dead person’s name on the voters’ roll is not evidence which you can rely on to challenge the outcome of elections. In 1980, I voted in elections in the absence of the voters’ roll and the elections were credible.”

But a representative of the Elections Resource Centre, Tawanda Chimhini, maintained a “clean” voters’ roll was a legal requirement for a credible election and there was no need to be “secretive” about it.

Mwonzora said failure by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to give contesting political parties the voters’ roll on time compromised the polls.

“It should be made available to the public. Accuracy and transparency relating to the voters’ roll are essential for a credible election. The voters’ roll is important as it is the principal document of any election.”

22 Responses to Calls for poll audit unsettle Zanu PF: Mwonzora

  1. Prof Muluka August 17, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    regai court itaure,

  2. dofo August 17, 2013 at 6:04 am #

    Cry the beloved country.

  3. At last August 17, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    Kwavakungotarawo kweakadyiwa vanamwozora

  4. dube August 17, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    Only 1 qstn 4 Mwonzora n Khama ‘wher in tha world hv we eva had an audit of tha elections?’ anyway y shld valuable tym b wastd on pple wu wl wthdraw midway tha process

  5. Silvester Matambo August 17, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    Election audit is not provided in the constitution. What type of lawyers are vanaMwonzora – so desperate!

  6. STANDINGAKIMBO August 17, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    1. pasi ne regionalism. pamberi ne SADC
    2. pasi ne tribalism. pamberi ne community share ownership
    3. rule of law. rule of politics

  7. tsaona August 17, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    regai vaite zvavo zvanoda only time will tell the truth

  8. Alex August 17, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    The law is very clear about burden of proof. MDC has to prima facie wrongdoing on the part of ZEC. Only then can an audit be ordered. Losing by a large margin cannot be a reason for audit.

  9. Colonel August 17, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Douglas Dougie Dougie uri kundinzwa here Shasha Shasha Shasha hauona kusiya wapisa musha kuinyanga kwaunobva kana kuti kumasvingo kwawakatanga kuita law firm yako uchangobva ku UZ wainyora macheque from your barclays bank Masvingo Branch achi Bouncer ‘REFER TO DRAWER” OR INSUFFICIENT FUNDS saka unoda kuwawata chii you are a crooked lawyer you stole from a widow in Masvingo and you left her homeless what kind of a spokesman are you do you have intergrity right now the widow is crying every day and you think whatever you want will seal through mwari akakuranga neshamu yemupangara zviri nani uende kumasvingo kuno ripa mhozva dzako vamwe vako vakafa vana Chirumbwana remember Guilde lines your friend manje kuno kumucheke taka kumirira nana Pfidza,Nyari,Corni,Shonhiwa,Mutonhori tinoda kukuonesa dhondo

    • Falcon August 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

      Ho nhai saka Madhuku neuyo ari ku ZMDC kuma diamonds anonzi aniko uyu… havazi ivo matsotsi vega dii?

    • dofo August 17, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

      Do not intimidate D monzora he is son of the soil sekuru wake Rekai Tangwena ndiye akayambutsa pharoah kuMozambique achitsvagwa nema Bhunu

  10. chimwango August 17, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    The truth does not hurt those who say it but those who do not want to hear it.

  11. Musa August 17, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    Do not waste our time mDC. Endai kumba.

  12. magame August 17, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Is it so difficult for Mangwana to understand that all the mdcs were asking for is the electornic copy of the roll whether perfect or not. He is singing for his next supper, non constituency mp appointment after being dumped by the chivi zanu electorate.

  13. gidzamaliie August 17, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    mdc ichatonga chete maZANU muchida musingade economy already going down pliz God pindirai

  14. wamaromo August 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    Even zanupf common people are told ‘hamusi imi makatihwinisa saka musatinetsa’ vabvunzei vanotaura vega kuti this win was from the common supporters but from somewhere else. Ngavachitonga zvine brain kwete zvana Kasukuwere vanofinga kuti pese pese vari mu wrestling ring ava Mugabe dai ambovaisa pasi otsvaga vanoziva kunofanirwa kuenda nyika.

    • Falcon August 17, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

      @Wamaromo- Ko iyi yamuno bhuya ndiyo hemeni ka! Thanks for this.

  15. Dr K. Kunyongana August 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    I quote “The enemy is not the people; the enemy is power cuts, hunger, unemployment, corruption, dry taps, poor roads, injustice and partisanship, among others”. This are fundamental issues which need to be addressed period.

  16. fungai August 17, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    tswangirai is zpf spy

  17. CHAMBOKO August 17, 2013 at 6:19 pm #


  18. chasura we shabani August 18, 2013 at 12:47 am #

    ah vamwe vanu mati mdct ichatonga chete ani achida asingade? ko kutonga hakusi kunotwa nevakawinha here? ko havasi va gushungo? ahh tiregereivo. manje zvama withdrawa court order yacho saka motonga rinhi?

  19. lenovo August 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    You see in life you dont always get things done your way mwonzora , so zpf refusal does not neccesarily mean that they fear anything. Kusangodawo zvinodiwa nemdc chete!

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