Chamisa rejects ‘sham’ Zec ballot

OPPOSITION MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa (pictured) yesterday rejected the “sham” ballot papers produced for the July 30 elections and immediately dispatched his emissaries on a regional diplomatic offensive to pile pressure on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to produce a new set of ballot papers in the presence of all key stakeholders.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA/RICHARD CHIDZA/OBEY MANAYITI

Addressing journalists and diplomats at the party headquarters, Chamisa declared that elections would not proceed before opposition demands had been addressed.

“It is clear that we have an election process stalemate arising out of the ballot paper scandal, the sham ballot and the voters’ roll inadequacies and omissions,” he said.

“This has culminated in an election crisis. For the avoidance of doubt, we do not and will not accept the current ballot paper that has been printed without our participation.”

Chamisa said the MDC Alliance was now engaging in a diplomatic offensive over the issue.

“We will be dispatching special envoys in the mould of our alliance principals and senior MDC-T party members with messages to Sadc, [African Union] AU and the international community,” he said.

“We are also briefing all the international observers and diplomats on the current electoral logjam. In fact, I have already briefed some of them.”

Chamisa said the current logjam which allegedly favoured Zanu PF and President Emmerson Mnangagwa, in the political playing field, needed the intervention of external forces.

“We, therefore, call upon Sadc, the AU and the international community to intervene and save a collapsing process and abate an imminent legitimacy crisis,” he said.

“We want to make it clear that we will not stand in the way of the people should they seek to exercise their constitutional rights to withdraw that authority from those who fail to exercise it in accordance with the law,” the youthful presidential aspirant added


But, Zanu PF legal affairs secretary, Paul Mangwana said if Chamisa and the MDC Alliance had problems with the electoral system, they should approach the Electoral Court for recourse.

“They can’t come and talk to another player. We are also players in this election and we are playing well,” Mangwana said.

“We have no challenges and we are waiting to score on July 30. We don’t run the elections, the elections are being run by Zec.”

On allegations that Zanu PF was conniving with Zec to give the ruling party an unfair advantage over other parties, Mangwana challenged the opposition to prove the allegations.

“They should prove it, he who alleges should prove, but they should know that we are ready for them,” he said.

Zec chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba early this week accused Chamisa of trying to tamper with the electoral management body’s independence and usurping its administrative roles by demanding consensus on the ballot paper designs and printing.

Chigumba on Monday declared that she would not bow down to Chamisa’s demands.

With the US having already issued a travel alert on Zimbabwe citing possible civil unrest ahead of elections to be held on July 30, Chamisa upped the ante, warning of civil unrest.

“It is for Mnangagwa’s advantage to have a stable society. There will not be any stability and legitimacy if we do not have a free and fair election. We are in circumstances of instability already because there is no agreement on the process. We are saying it will continue if we hold a sham election,” Chamisa said.

He, however, ruled out boycotting the polls or inciting violence, saying “We will never be tempted to go the route of violence. Those who have instruments of violence can go ahead and use them. We don’t want violence.”

Zec deputy chairperson Emmanuel Magade told NewsDay there was no turning back on their decision to print ballot papers at government institutions. Fidelity Printers will be printing ballot papers for legislative and presidential candidates while Printflow will print for local government candidates.

“Section 239 of the Constitution makes it clear that it is the prerogative of Zec to run elections, including registering voters, preparation of the voters’ roll and printing of ballot papers,” Magade said.

“This is our constitutional mandate. Secondly, a few weeks ago all the nine commissioners of Zec spent almost a day touring the facilities, Fidelity Printers and Printflow where the ballot papers are going to be printed.”

The Zec deputy chair expressed confidence that the government printing institutions will be able to do a “sensible and solid job.”

He said fears that Zec might connive with Zanu PF to rig elections were far-fetched and untrue.

“I refute it, that is completely untrue. Its trillion percent false,” Magade said.

“The question of rigging is clearly out of question. Of course, our society is full of doubting Thomases, but people should judge us on what we do and speaking for myself I have absolutely no doubt that Zec will deliver a free, fair and verifiable election.”

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39 Comments

  1. All this stuff which you were fed by Mugabe during the alleged Dubai meeting will not result in more votes Nelson but it will make matters worse and expose you to the electorate who are now all geared for the watershed elections set for end of the month and us the voters hold the key not Sadc or whoever.

  2. Time Will Tell

    Vana elisha always supporting what you know is skewed in favour of zanupf and ed. What makes you think that all of a sudden zec has now changed if they have been rigging for zanupf all along. Truth is that zanupf had chigumba by the balls. Nyaya yake he $20k bribe demand is still an open file

    1. Tichingotonga Vachingovukura

      Chamisa confirmed yesterday that He participated in the interviews that brought the ZEC commissioners into office. Do you think SADC and AU will come and design our ballot papers and print them for us just 25 days before an election. Do you think Zimbabwean are that foolish just to vote for a candidate basing on one’s position on the ballot paper as opposed to what one is promising to offer to the people of Zimbabwe. Some of our aspiring leaders are not convincing at all they are exposing their foolishness

      1. TAURA HAKO UYU ANONZI CHAMISA AVE KUTOTYA MA ELECTIONS ALL ALONG HOW WERE MDC MPS GETTING ELECTED INTO PARLIAMENT BECAUSE ACCORDING TO ME VAKATOWANDISA IKOKO ITS BECAUSE THE ONLY FORMULA FOR WINNING IS BY HAVING MORE REGISTERED SUPPORTERS, CHAMISA BELIEVES IN LUCK THATS WHY HE IS AFFECTED BY THE POSITIONS ON THE BALLOT PAPER. DOES HE THINK OUR PEOPLE ARE DULL TO THE EXTEND OF VOTING FOR SOMEONE THEY DONT WANT. THIS GUY IS A BABY CRYING FOR MILK .

  3. Comment…Nelson ngaaprinte paper rake raanoda iye. Ripi neripi ringagadzirwa nevanhu vasiri iye or the frothing Biti haaritambire. Kana kuti ngaati maVanguards , those unthinking woodlums, vagadzire . MaSupporters ake oapa ovhotera iwayo. Kana tirisu vazhinji veZimbabwe tichashandisha ZEC ballot papers . In August 2018 , we’ll be referring to Nelson as the defeated former Kuwadzana MP. Ndilawyer iyeye anoti SADC izorunner maelections edu? Veduwe, kwedu hakuna chero sabhuku akadaro

    1. iti kana ndirirni not kuty “isu” cz u wil be seprised kty its only u and eliasha

      1. Tichingotonga Vachingovukura

        And me too I dont support this man’s childish behaviour

      2. ANOGWARA CHAMISA UYU , NGIDHE CHAIYO KUTYA MAELECTIONS

      3. There are many of us….and a few of you machoe’

  4. Musoni,hamheno kuti after 30 July munenge muchiti pfee payi.Izvo kana zvinhu zvisina chitsotsi chii chini tadzisa kuti zviitwe pajekerere?Ndanyora ne chiShona kuti unyatso kunzwisisa.

  5. Taura hako Musoni.ED pfeeeeeeeeeeeeee neballot paper ratakapirinda.Chamisa gara waziva kuti haulume. ED pfeeeeeeeee

    1. wakagariraa pfungwaaa iweeee

  6. This time mdc has its eyes on the ball and we are kissing zanupf goodbye for good. The Croc is cornered on all 4 sides and there’s no escape

    1. dream on…

  7. Farai Johnson Nhire

    Mdc Alliance is no longer interested in elections because of Ed’s overwhelming popularity and Ed should ready himself to run against those who remain prepared to play ball. (MDC T and NPP). The nation’s security forces need to ready themselves for action against disturbances being planned by a combinanation of g40, Mdc Alliance and Donald Trump. Trump’s government recently staged a fake withdrawal of aid from some Ngos as a way of disguising his involvent in the disturbances about which he warned American citizens who wish to travel to Zimbabwe. The recent unannounced visit by Chamisa to the middle east, home of mercenaries, his subsequent meeting with uncle bob in Dubai, his party’s threats of unspecified actions in the near future, Donald Trump’s fake withdrawal of aid to NGOs and his warning to American citizens on travelling to Zimbabwe and Jonathan Moyo’s warning of a serious bloodshed in Zimbabwe are not unrelated events.

    1. popularity yipiiii yauriiii kugwautaaaa

  8. HAA ITS YOU EDIOTS ELASHA AND MUSONI dont refer to others we need change isu tired of eating mbambaira everytime nekuda kwe zanu kuno ku UMP.FOOLISH

    1. Tichingotonga Vachingovukura

      Takawanda kwete kunongedza vanhu 2 uchitisiyawo ED pfeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    2. Wezhira Pa Chivi

      kudya mbabambaira kutambura here. hauna nyaya iwe

  9. Wezhira Wezhara

    The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is an Independent Body established under an Act of Parliament and as Chamisa rightly said, Parliament co-chaired by Chamisa and Chinomona did the interviews. They are considered an elections referee and Chamisa and his MDC Alliance are a set of players participating in a soccer match where they face Emmerson Mnangagwa and Zanu PF. In other words Zec are like Felix Tangawarima officiating a match between Dynamos and Highlanders. Neither the Captains of the teams nor the players should try to infliuence the referee’s decisions by fegning crude tuckles. The referee will definitely flash a yellow or red card. Leave ZEC to do their job. Why do you want to see the ballot before the election? Munoda kunoita scan and print more just to discredit the election because this time, all your usual loopholes were plugged. Handeyi kuElection the playing field is fair

  10. Farai Johnson Nhire

    Kana uchida kuziva nezvepopularity ya Ed, replay mavideos of all his rallies, watch his meeting with students today, look at the attitude of our former coloniser Uk, look at the rush of investors from all over the world, see what befell uncle bob, see what befell the prominent professor and his friend who have of late become prodigal sons, look at your aspiring president who now is no longer interested in elections but has now turned to what might end him up in jail.

  11. the beautiful ones are not yet born

    In simple plain language what exactly are the issues about the ballot paper?

    1. enough is enough.we are now setting the new order of the new GREAT ZIMBABWE.THE FACT IS ZEC AND ZANU VS DISGRUNTLED,JOBLESS,HUNGRY AND FRUSTRATED YOUTHS WITH NOTHING TO LOSE BUT HAVE EVERYTHING TO FIGHT FOR.COME JULY 30 IT WILL MANIFEST

  12. zanu chiwororo

    ED pfeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepfeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepfeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ne balot paper re ZEC iriro chamisa ngaagadzire rake

  13. Newsday comments is seriously infested with fake ED supporters or Chamisa haters. It’s obviously one or two CIO guys posting under various fake names but anyway it’s all an exercise in futility. Mnangagwa’s unpopularity is legendary & doesn’t need explanation

    1. shunguhadziurayi mangarayi

      Gara uchifunga izvozvo mazuva arikufamba kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk ED pfeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    2. You are lying Bro You can fool some people some of the times but not all people all the time

    3. shunguhadziurayi mangarayi

      Ko zvakubaya papi if you know kuti ED haana masapotazi then be happy why worry? Hoo saka pamunenge muchituka Cde ED munenge muchifunga kuti zvamuri kufunga as 2 mdc individuals ndizvo tiri kufunga tose NEVER EVER and whether you like it or not ED Pfeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! Pasi ne mhanduuuuuuuu!!!

  14. manga majaira vanva elisha nanamusoni. this time hamulumi mese ne ZEC yenyu .Magade “… our society is full of doubting Thomases…”.kkkk remove the doubts ka- let the people’s voter’s roll be audited ka tione,kana pasina chitsotsi isai zvose pachena ka tione.

  15. Silvester Matambo

    Nomatter what ED pfeeeeeeee, Chamisa/Chasura pfaaaaaaaaa

  16. Comment…Poll surveys so far have pointed to an ED victory. MDC fanatics have dismissed two as biased and accepted the last one to be published as correct. Iyoyo yacho yavanoda is not giving Chamisa any victory! Inototi anotorohwa asi it at least gives them the hope of a rerun. Hard numbers point to an ED victory! Hallucinations make MDC Alliance supporters give their clueless leader victory. After the election, Anti-Corruption Commission must investigate how the UZ awarded him a law degree. His reasoning sounds like he did another “Grace”!

  17. chasingchamisa

    Vamwe vanhu soo ipapa une ndewe yawakatenga pa bhero nguva ye gnu apa yabooka pakati apa ukuita internet ne wifi yepa clinic yekwaunogara. Dzininyatsotora mushe here. Dai Mwari akybatsirai

  18. Farai J Nhire

    Who are these imaginary Cios you are talking about? Ed has overwhelming support! You are the kind of people fooling Chamisa to rely on immaginary Ed’s weakness instead of cultivating his own exclusive strength which is why you have this funny idea of a single cio chap contributing in favor of Ed. You were at it again when you saw a sea of Ed’s followers at a Mosvingo rally, falsely acusing Zanu Pf of force marching people to their rallies. You think people of Masvingo are so stupid that they don’t even want one of their own for a national leader! What mockery!

  19. mainzwa tsvangi achitaura vakomana fambai gwara rimwe itai dzamara tatara nyika yedu Chamisa famba tiende

  20. Advocate should know that if he has a legitimate concern he should take it to the electoral courts. He has been taking other cases to court why not this one. The advocate knows best that SADC or AU can not run elections in Zimbabwe. Sadly even some of his supporters will vote MDC T led by Khupe bcs of the confusion he created. After elections sadly he will have a lot of defections from MDC Alliance because it’s not his party but an Alliance he will hv no power to recall them from parliament. He has been used by the other alliance partners. His greatest mistake like Mugabe is he believes he is a God given gift to Zimbabweans. Such people are very dangerous they believe only them have a right to rule. So advocate we learnt our lesson from uncle Bob we won’t vote for such power hungry people again lest we go for another 37 years with a young dictator.

  21. Comment…Chamisa anofanira kuvhoterwa nevanhu vose vakapusa nokuti anoda nyika ino zvokuti iye akakumbira America kuti irambe yakatemera nyika ino zvirango zvoupfumi kusvikira iye ava pachigaro. Kana uchifunga kuti America yakaita Zidera because of human rights abuses you deserve to be pittied. Uyu wokupupira achitaura anonzi Biti akatotsamwa British gvt yapirei mari yekusapota nyika. That’s how much the MDC love their country. In this election we will give them what their love deserves! I’ll never reward traitors with my vote.

  22. Uyuvo Chamisa zvekungosura haaneti, On 30 July achasura chando

  23. ED Pfuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

    CIOs will always comment in English, watch and learn. They are communicating to international community; busy conveying different images of zanu and mdc as if they are general civillians. watch the space

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