Khupe MDC-T makes fresh demands to Zec

THE Thokozani Khupe-led breakaway MDC-T has conceded that the issue of ballot printing was now water under the bridge, but said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) still had to show commitment to ensure that voters’ rights were upheld.

BY SILAS NKALA

Zec and MDC Alliance have reached a stalemate over the issue of ballot printing and the voters’ role, with the latter threatening to conduct vigils at Zec offices until July 30 to push for the fulfilment of its demands.

Khupe’s MDC-T spokesperson Linda Masarira yesterday said her party noted with concern that Zec had already finalised the printing of ballot papers.

“As a party, we feel that the issue of the ballot paper is now water under the bridge. However, we feel that there are ways in which Zec can extricate itself from this mess by undertaking certain commitments and actions that will create some modicum of credibility considering the limited time left before the July 30 election,” she said.

Masarira, however, said Zec should provide a clear roadmap of the election process, starting with the collation of the printed ballot papers and their residue.

“The ballot paper residue or rejects must be destroyed in the presence of all stakeholders concerned,” she said.

“Zec should give a clear outline on the transportation of the ballot papers to different polling stations, including the timeline. This must also entail giving details on the mode of transport to be used and the security entailed.”

Masarira said Zec should also publicise the final number of polling stations to be used, including any additional ones and inform voters of the new centres.

“These centres should not be 500m away from the traditionally known polling stations, as published in the 2013 elections gazette,” she said

Masarira called on Zec to ensure that polling booths were placed at all polling stations 24 hours before election day and provide maximum security, while the counting of the vote should begin immediately after close of voting.

She said Zec should make sure that the collation of votes against the unused ballot papers is done expeditiously and information is transmitted to the provincial and national command centres as and when the process has been finalised.

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7 Comments

  1. there are no meaningful demands here but just mere suggestions and acceptance that we are set for elections in a couple of days time and thats the mode we want

  2. These elections are about to be rigged & as long as these guys are this confused then rigging will be a huge success. There are no demands but here are people who are being frog marched into an election with out the requisite biometric voters roll. How they hope to win it is a mystery. Everyone should be using the last few days to pressure Zec to release biometric voters roll to audit duplicates .surely these guys are content with losing

  3. Wezhira Wezhara

    What this party is outlining is exactly what has been happening except the destruction of ballot rejects. But why publicise the mode of transport etc asi muri kuda kuita ambush

  4. Very mature and wise approach by Khupe’s MDC T unlike some….I applaud Khupe

  5. khupenga kwaroooo gamba

  6. Linda Masarira and her clique are misguided. How can they go on to expect a good finished product from defective raw materials in the first place?
    If the issue of ballot printing was murky then why should you expect its transmission management to be credible? Linda Please!!!

  7. Lets get it over with. We are tired of this belly-aching. We need to move forward and support whoever gets elected. We have been down for too long..elections are not the end in themselves

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