21 March 2018
Chivayo: Mangoma to appear before MPs
Parly: Ex-ZMDC boss grilled over $15bln
Rape accused teacher commits suicide
Masvingo: Alarm as ED campaign rally flops
Burundi leader wants to rule until 2034
Mega-Deals: We don’t dish out cash, China
Min: Chinese looters won’t affect relations
Furious doctors defy government order
Mnangagwa: Africa can do much better
Chinamasa, Mangudya in China for funding
Zim Achievers SA to honour Mtukudzi
Trey Songz up for punching woman
PSL mum on ZPC Kariba, Platinum match
SA: Kaitano Tembo praises youngsters
Mugabe spoke for the marginalised, but
Whither ED, how tactful art thou?
ZimDiaspora: Bum cleaners, runaway fathers?
Autism: Awareness and interventions

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition predicts violent elections

19/02/2018 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
Ibbo: Let’s ban AU, SADC observers
Let Mugabe contest and lose: Prof Ncube
Election budget $50m short - ZEC chief
Zim has 90 parties; some family based
ZEC claims rigging impossible; jeered
Mnangagwa welcomes Chamisa challenge
Chamisa still student activist, says rival
Army officers join Zanu PF campaign
ZEC: Harare, Byo voter numbers plunge
ZEC admits: 15pct of staff are soldiers
Polls by July/August poll: ZEC chief
Opposition quandary after ‘Bob must go’
Elections likely to be rigged: Mawarire
Opposition not a threat - Minister boasts
Mnangagwa's road to victory clearer?
Rallies: Mnangagwa braves Mat North
ZEC favours MDC-T, Zanu PF: rival parties
Biti: Expect violent election, more coups
Mudede denies new voters ID cards: ERC
EU, UN should observe elections: Pres
Mugabe can’t call early election – group
Diasporans can’t vote in 2018, ZEC confirms
Elections: I won’t quit, says Justice Makarau

CRISIS in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) has predicted violent elections this year reminiscent of the June 2008 after Zanu PF political commissar Engelbert Rugeje threatened in a recent statement that the country will slide to the mayhem of ten years ago if people do not vote for the ruling party.

In a recent statement, CiZC said the credibility of the 2018 elections was largely dependent on electoral reforms including alignment of the Electoral Act to the Constitution, a demilitarized and independent ZEC, free access to media for election stakeholders, respect for fundamental political freedoms, tolerance of diverging views and an electoral code of conduct.

“There is sufficient evidence of political violence (both physical and emotional) occurring in Zimbabwe during the voter registration exercise and this raises our fears on the possibility of an election that will be marred with violence and intimidation of the electorate.”

The organisation cited recent attacks on National People’s Party (NPP) activists and leaders in Glenview and Glen Norah, cases of arson in Epworth and violence against MDC-T members in Zaka East as signs pointing to violent elections.

“We would also like to take exception to the threat of the military campaigning for the ruling party, ZANU PF, following the Presidential Advisor’s sentiments that the military will campaign for ZANU PF in the coming elections.”

CiZC said it was also concerned about Chiefs Council president, Fortune Charumbira remarks indicating that the traditional leaders would campaign on behalf of Zanu PF, saying this was against the constitution of the country.

The group added that it took exception to intimidation tactics used by Zanu PF, which was ordering citizens to submit their voter registration slips serial numbers to party functionaries.

Also of concern was the barring of civil society from some rural wards to carryout voter registration campaigns and vote buying - where the ruling party was reportedly denying food aid to suspected supporters of the opposition in Masvingo province.

“In light of these developments we call for restraint among election stakeholders, observance of the rule of law and upholding the sanctity of the Constitution and call upon the Zimbabwe Election Commission to urgently draft and implement a Code of Conduct for Election Stakeholders that will enforce conditions necessary for the conduct of credible, free and fair elections.


“We also challenge President Emmerson Mnangagwa to stand by his words and ensure that the country witnesses a credible, free and fair election in 2018 that will bring finality to the state legitimacy crisis in Zimbabwe,” CiZC said.

Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it






Face Book



comments powered by Disqus
RSS NewsTicker