OPPOSITION parties under the banner Coalition of Democrats (CODE) have hinted that they may be forced to field their own candidate if talks with other parties including the MDC-T and National People’s Party (NPP) fail to reach an agreement.
CODE members are hoping to unseat Zanu PF and President Robert Mugabe during the forthcoming 2018 elections.
Speaking to journalists after CODE’s general council meeting in Bulawayo on Thursday, MDC president, Welshman Ncube, said CODE was not leaving any stone unturned in its bid to form a grand alliance with all political parties to unseat Mugabe.
“We are trying by all means to bring on board everyone who matters. We are really committed to the coalition talks and we will only field a CODE candidate if the coalition talks collapse. We hope all will sign the CODE agreement,” said professor Ncube.
Flanked by Zapu leader Dumiso Dabengwa, PDP vice president Kucaca Phulu, PDP secretary general Gorden Moyo and Elton Mangoma, among representatives from other smaller parties, Ncube said CODE has lost confidence in the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).
“We are unhappy and disappointed by ZEC. We are worried that the voter registration exercise is likely to lead to the exclusion of qualified voters from the voters roll by ZEC. ZEC has got a tendency of manipulating the voter registration process in areas where Zanu PF does not have support,” said Professor Ncube.
A coalition of other opposition parties under the National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA) is demanding reform ahead of the election.
NERA, which includes the Morgan Tsvangirai led MDC and the Joice Mujuru led NPP, is also working towards a grand coalition to challenge President Mugabe.