Zapu rules out boycotting elections

ZAPU has ruled out boycotting the upcoming elections despite what it described as an uneven political field favouring Zanu PF, coupled with a shoe-string budget that has seen the opposition party failing to hold mass rallies.

By NQOBANI NDLOVU

The MDC Alliance has also run short of announcing a poll boycott citing failure by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to ensure a transparent process leading to the elections.

The MDC Alliance has embarked on a regional offensive to raise concerns that the elections will not be free and fair, and Zapu spokesperson Iphithule Maphosa said the party feared the same.

Maphosa, however, said boycotting the elections was not an option, adding that they were going to participate under protest.

The People’s Rainbow Coalition (PRC), breakaway MDC-T faction led by Thokozani Khupe and other parties and independent candidates have also ruled out a poll boycott despite expressing fears of a disputed election outcome.

“Zapu will not boycott the polls, but we are doing all that needs to be done to expose the incompetence, unpreparedness and bias by Zec. We have always raised concerns, especially on the processes in preparation for this election, namely biometric voters’ roll (BVR) exercise, voters’ roll compilation, handling and release to stakeholders,” Maphosa said yesterday.

“We specifically raised concerns over violation of both electoral laws and people’s privacy when Zec released voters’ roll information to Zanu PF recently. We also picketed over the manner in which the postal ballot was handled.

“However, we cannot throw away the baby with bath water. We will participate in this election, albeit in protest over these and many more issues pertaining Zec partiality and outright disregard of the constitution.”

President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday told Zanu PF supporters in Chinhoyi that the ruling party was already preparing election victory celebrations, describing the opposition as small parties facing imminent defeat.

4 Comments

  1. josphat mugadzaweta

    yes you are an appendage of zanu so they tell you what to do. we are not surprised.

  2. even if you boycott nothing changes as the voters made up their mind a long time ago on who they are going to vote for and unfortunately you were not among the preferred candidate ,its just unfortunate

  3. kid marongorongo

    Zapu is a nonentity to this election since Dabengwa decided to throw in the towel. A party without a leader will never win any election because dabengwa threwin the towel long back. semunhu mukuru akarota asina chaari kuwinner akati iye achasupporter chamisa iye pachake anoziva kuti haadiwe nevanhu. Problem yaasingazive ndeyekuti chamisa wacho hapanawo anomuda saka achawana 2 votes chete musarudzo dziri kuuya. ED chete chete

  4. the rise n fall of junta government come july 30

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