ZEC asked to condemn Zanu-PF use of chiefs in voter intimidation - but to what end!

ZEC asked to condemn Zanu-PF use of chiefs in voter intimidation - but to what end!
Published: 16 July 2015 (1202 Views)
Election Resource Centre (ERC) said the Chiefs were used by Zanu PF in intimidating voter to vote for Zanu PF candidates in the 10 June 2015 by elections.

'Chiefs, headman and village heads were ordered by known political leaders especially from the ruling party to keep registers of their people and lead them to voting.

This was reminiscent of earlier by-elections in Chirumanzu-Zibagwe,' said ERC.
ERC said ZEC should openly condemn such actions because they point to electoral fraud.

What is really shocking here, beside the fact that millions of Zimbabweans continue to be denied their basic right to a meaningful, free, fair and credible vote, how naïve our NGOs are. Does the ERC really believe that is ZEC 'openly condemn' the undemocratic behaviour of the chiefs and other traditional leaders the vote rigging will stop?

Zanu PF has been paying the country's traditional leaders to do its bidding for years now, the whole system is thoroughly corrupt through and through; even if ZEC in was to publicly censor the Chiefs their paymaster will tell them it was all political posturing by ZEC they should ignore it.

If we are really serious about ending Zanu PF's vote rigging schemes then we must implement all the democratic reforms agreed the 2008 GPA and stop wasting time in calling for measures that will achieve nothing of substance.


- Wilbert Mukri

Tags: ZEC, ZanuPF,
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