No ballot deal, no election: Opposition

MDC Alliance spokesperson Welshman Ncube has urged the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to urgently address opposition coalition leader Nelson Chamisa’s complainants over ballot paper printing or risk a national shutdown by disgruntled voters.


Ncube made the remarks while addressing MDC Alliance rally in Ntepe, Matabeleland South province on Saturday.

“I want to talk about the ballot paper printing. Those who listen to the news and read newspapers, you heard Advocate Chamisa on Wednesday saying if the issue of ballot is not resolved, there will be no election, not that we will boycott the election, but there will be no election,” he said.

“The ballot is important because the vote that must be on the ballot is the vote from you. The X that you place on the ballot is the one that should take someone to State House. Not the X that is put at KGIV (army headquarters) in which the ballot is put secretly and when you put your X later on your X disappears and the one put at KGIV is activated.

Those who did chemistry know the chemical reaction and with the ballot paper it is possible that they can do so.”

He said it was important that when the ballot papers were transported from the polling stations, party agents must be there, observing that they are not changed along the way. Ncube said this was the other way to guard against theft of votes.

“That is why we say what they are doing to print the ballot alone no, no, no. We are saying the ballot printed where we are not there will certainly not be used in the July 30 election, we are not saying we will boycott, but we say there will be no elections,” Ncube said without clarifying how they would block the polls.

“They have started cheating with the ballot. Even the greatest old vote rigger, Robert Mugabe used to follow the alphabet starting from the top downwards. The one for (Priscilla) Chigumba (Zec chairperson) she has started from number one to nine and went ahead to place Mnangagwa who is number 10 who is now at the top in the second column. If you subtract nine from 23 it’s equal to 14. If you want to make the ballot short, you cut it from half way, you do not cut it at nine so that President Emmerson (Mnangagwa is at the top so that when one looks at the paper first sees his name when his surname starts with an M and is supposed to be at the bottom. They have started cheating and we are saying we will not allow that.”

Ncube’s remarks came at a time Zec has rapped the MDC Alliance for making what it called “frivolous” complaints against the electoral body indicating that it would not give in to such demands.


  1. yu are prof sure mr ,wel said

  2. Mr journalist, you forgot to tell the nation the torrid time Welshman had trying calm the restless crowd who were protesting about candidate imposition

  3. Mukwirivindi WaMazungunye

    You do mot mention what you will do. tell us what you will do if ZE does not yield to your demands. You do not have an army that can confrnt ED. If you think prople will demostrate for your cause you are grtavely mistaken. We have not forgoten you Welshman. You betrayed Tsvangirayi who would have won the votes in 2008.Hence, we cannot risk our lives demostrating fpor your selfish cause. If you were not selfish, you would desert Tsvangirayi when he needed you ost in 2008. Go forth.

  4. Well said Welshman Ncube. ZANU PF and ZEC should not hold peolpe at ransom. ZANU PF is no longer needed by the electorate. People want a change.

  5. Zimbabwe lets our play our role in correcting mistakes ,building our country . whilst leaders facilitate this. Lets support their call , Lets all march bring back to track what our fathers died for.everyone lets come to shape a better future ,lets all bring change to Zimbabwe, march Zimbabwe on Wednesday.

  6. cry babies.instead of always crying campaign and tell the voters what you want to achieve in e country of Zimbabwe.

    1. howb will that help if elections are not credible?

  7. Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    We hope the learned Prof will prepare evidence of his insinuation in a law court. Rally talk is just political puffing, he knows that. At this stage of our electoral process, no MDCT Alliance leader has categorically proved where the electoral law has been breached by ZEC. The observers can see that clear flaw in the opposition barkings. Politics is naturally a game of the possible, not frivolous efforts, in my learned view.

  8. cde shut up ko akaisa ed muoffice ndiyani or u can not prove it as well dofo rakadzidza

    1. Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      To prove what? ZANU PF cent cttee elected its new leader. Who took over. Period.

  9. Its unfortunate that almost the whole Alliance leadership is made up of Lawyers . They only think of arguing and telling lies in order to win any case . Voters want facts and facts alone . You want us to go and demonstrate so that you have things your way . Tell us what you will do for us and please stop talking about Zanu Pf . Every one of you is talking about Zanu PF this Zanu PF that . Its not ZEC to vote . It is the people to vote .

  10. I am so happy the MDC has brought up the issue of the order of names on the ballot paper…I was going to vote for Mnangagwa and not my real choice because Mnangagwa is at the top and my choice is not.Thank heavens Zimbabweans have educated lawyers like Chamisa,Biti&Welshman to help us mere mortals who would have been so confused

  11. Wezhira Wezhara

    The results of an election come from the polling stations where there will be polling agents for contesting parties. So I wonder how ballot papers from KG 6 where there will not be polling agents be included or counted? You are a Professor but it appears you have an empty head.

    Ballot papers are taken from ZEC by pollling officers to Polling station where they declare the numbers ( serial numbers).They also declare empty ballot boxes and voting begins. At the close of voting a consolidation is done in the presence of all and results are pasted outside with signatures of all parties. Saka munozobirwa papi nhai vaWelshman

  12. Wezhira wakatodhakwawo zvako.So you dont know what has been taking place in the past..

    1. Iwewe ndiye wakatodhakwa coz hauzivi process yacho. Wakambovhotesa here? Wezv hira has explained it all. U wonder how rigging will be done if the process is so transparent. I still dont agree kuti MDC yakabirwa muna2013 coz there were no protest votes. They expected to win where they were invisible. The name MDC does not win elections but the people who are not not in their constituencies and wards. How many members does MDC have on its party registers?

  13. Muchadoaboutnothing

    Stay home Welshman on election day and hang on Chamisa’s coattails. We will vote. You dont speak for me.

  14. Tell them Ncube. Too many EDiots in Zimbabwe. Can you even imagine what Zimbabwe will be like in the next 10 years with brain dead Zanu PF morons. They think Zim is their back garden and can mess it whichever way they want. There’s time for everything. Who knew Bob would wind up as a jack on the hill.

    Vote for change or forever be in the school of EDiots where imbecility abounds!

  15. Hanzi nemumwe kana uchida kuziva mai vechidhoma bata mwana wacho hahaha…Why does zanupf love Zec so much ..and they never complain about it ..they are quick to jumpp to zec s defence..ZEC is aupposed to be neutral kuita referee handiti…saka is ZanuPF so much in love with ZEC vanowana chii …????????.This is a very unholy alliance

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *