Police summoned to vote in front of their bosses, claims MDC Alliance

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By Staff Reporter

THE MDC Alliance claims hundreds of junior police officers in Bulawayo were Thursday summoned by their superiors to cast their votes through postal ballot, claims that were denied by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

MDC Alliance co-principal Tendai Biti told a hastily arranged press conference Thursday evening the process was illegal.

Biti vowed the opposition will challenge the action in court.

The voting process reportedly took place at Ross Camp provincial headquarters in the absence of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) or any representative of the country’s competing political parties.

Reports said the police officers were summoned by their superiors on the pretext that they were going to be briefed on their duties in the July 30 election but were ambushed with ballot papers.

It is not the first time in Zimbabwe’s elections that police officers have been made to vote in front of their bosses.

Senior police and army officers are widely believed to be Zanu PF with former Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri at one time revealing he supported Zanu PF.

Police have often been accused of bias against the opposition.

The opposition is up in arms with ZEC for allegedly siding with Zanu PF, claims the poll management authority vehemently denies.

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