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Police break anti-ZEC demo, five MDC-T youths detained

22/07/2017 00:00:00
by Midlands Correspondent
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GWERU: Police on Saturday crushed an MDC-T youths’ demonstration where protesters were demanding reforms ahead of the 2018 general election amid reports that more than five people were arrested.

The demonstrators demanded that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) be an independent body conducting “impartial and transparent elections."

The youths also demanded clarification on the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) system, which they claimed is shrouded in secrecy.

"We Demand to know what company ZEC is using for the central system to store voter data," reads part of the petition.

"We Demand to know the custodian of the BVR kits and Central System. It also remains very unclear how the BVR kits will be maintained. We know Laxton Group is only providing kits without the central system and we need clear answers on who is the second BVR company and the custodian of voter data."

The protesters also demanded an increase of voter registration centres in urban areas as well as for ZEC not to use the 2013 voters roll and for the electoral body to investigate anomalies in the recent Chiwundura by election.

Lawyer, Claudius Makwara, of Gundu and Dube legal practitioners, said the arrested youths were detained at Gweru Central police station without any charges pressed against them.

"There are more than five youths arrested and when I went to Gweru central police station this afternoon no charges had been preferred against the protesters,"Makwara said.

Acting provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende, could not be reached for comment.


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