Tsvangirai ballot spoiling call gets mixed reactions

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OPPOSITION MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s call for his supporters to spoil the June 10 parliamentary by-elections ballot papers in protest against non-implementation of electoral reforms has been received with mixed reactions from some of his traditional backers.

BY NUNURAI JENA

Tsvangirai on Sunday told party supporters during a “No Reforms, No Elections” campaign rally in Tsholotsho that they should spoil their ballot papers if they were forced to participate in the polls.

The MDC-T, MDC led by Welshman Ncube and MDC Renewal Team led by Sekai Holland have boycotted the by-elections citing non-implementation of key reforms such as provision of an electronic voters’ roll, equal access to public media and depoliticisation of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission secretariat.

Zanu PF is likely to make a clean sweep of all the 16 seats as it contests against some smaller opposition parties and independent candidates with stakes tilted in its favour.

The seats fell vacant after the MDC-T recalled 21 legislators from Parliament accusing them of crossing the floor to the MDC Renewal Team.

ZimRights director Okay Machisa said his organisation supported Tsvangirai’s stance “because without electoral reforms, our elections will remain a fallacy”.

“Yes, we know that it is a democratic right for individuals to exercise their voting rights, but under the current situation, it is a waste of time and resources,” Machisa said.

Election Resource Centre director Tawanda Chimhini said there was nothing amiss about the call for the electorate not to vote.

“Elections by their very nature are an opportunity for the canvassing of votes by either political parties or individuals who are standing for that election. In mature electoral democracies, this opportunity is also made use of by interest groups to also canvass for support on policy issues such as the environment, debt or any other public interest issue,” Chimhini said.

“Such canvassing is for either of the following: for the electorate to vote for an individual or party, for the electorate to vote for a cause and in some other instances for the electorate not to vote at all.”

But Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president George Nkiwane said people had a democratic right to vote for a candidate of their choice without being forced.

“We as ZCTU we believe that people have a democratic right to vote for a candidate or party of their choice freely,” Nkiwane said.

Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo said Tsvangirai had exposed himself as a “lost leader” who could not read the implications of his actions.

“It shows how limited he is in terms of capacity . . . whether some people did not vote, that will not change the winning candidate,” he said.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Where people are frog marched to polling stations they must protest by spoiling vote for all candidates, where there is no frog march don’t go it is a waste of time.

  2. President Tsvangirai is right…….elections are a waste of time for anyone outside of zhanu….but MDC need to realise that bob and company will not leave the presidency through the ballot as proved in 2008 when mdc won 73% of the vote…..saka pakudiwa zvimwe!

  3. Tsvangirai is wrong. it is the pples right to vote. if he decided to boycott then let him and his foolish MDC T do it. He was scared that he would loose the by election hence the boycott. Silly fellow he is.

    Pls go bach to Buhera unorima.

    Vote Zanu PF.

  4. Dr Tsvangirai is living in a world of his own. This is Africa my man. There will never be any free, credible and fair elections. MDC must learn to fight back, physically, if threatened by ZANU PF hooligans..finish, fight back and fight back!!!

    • pliiizzz fight??? fight Zanu… plizzzz…………. zanu got gunz…….

      ivo ve zanu r fighting each other big time… ko kuzoti MDC in the mix….

      fighting them is a waste of time…

      Let them Zanu asses continue to show us that they rule… isnt they r running Zim Correctly?? Saka hondo yei?? maybe coup

  5. TRUE MUGABE DECLARED AFTER IN 2008 AFTER LOOSING AN ELECTION THAT HE WILL NOT GIVE AWAY THE COUNTRY THROUGH BALLOT AND PEN.
    ZANU WILL NEVER GIVE THE COUNTRY BACK TO ZIMBAZ ON A SILVER PLATE.THEY HAVE MULTIPLE FARMS,STEAL FROM GOVERNMENT,AND ARE PREPARED TO KEEP THE POWER AT ALL COSTS EVEN LIVES OF PEOPLE.ZIMBABWEANS NEED TO WAKE UP FROM THEIR DEEP SLUMBERING SLEEP AND REALIZE ITS ONLY THEMSELVES(ZIMBAZ)WHO LIBERATE THEMSLVES FROM BONDAGE OF THIS TRYANNY.AND ANY FREEDOM COME WITH SACRIFICES.DOESNT COME ON SILVER PLATE.AMONGST SOLIDIERS AND POLICE MEMBERS THERE ARE THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO SUPPORT THE MASSES IF THEY TAKE TO THE STREET TO DEMAND A CHANGE.

  6. kkkkk a year of childish and idiotic slogans, ‘pasi neZanu pf’,’People first, ‘Gamatox and weevils’ and ‘Spoil the ballot’ kkkkk 18th century politics where politicians think that they own people

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