By Staff Reporter
THE Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) says the opposition MDC Alliance should boycott the July 30 polls if the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) continues to ignore its demands for electoral reforms.
The MDC Alliance is up in arms with ZEC for failure to grant access to the full biometric voters roll to it.
The country’s biggest opposition has also been demanding an opportunity to observe the printing, storage and distribution of ballot papers to be used in the plebiscite.
The MDC was formed 1999 among civil society organisations with the ZCTU forming the nucleus of the popular opposition.
Since the time, the ZCTU has maintained its support for MDC.
At a meeting of the ZCTU’s elected leadership and political committee hosted by its Parliamentary Advocacy department, the country’s biggest workers representative group resolved that there was no point in MDC taking part in an election they knew was not going to be free and fair.
ZCTU President, Peter Mutasa said if the opposition failed to heed their calls to pull out of the election, they should not complain of rigging if President Emmerson Mnangagwa is declared the winner.
“We must clearly express that there are irregularities in the conduct of the elections and that they can’t be free and fair. We must tell the opposition parties to pull out of the election,” he said.
“We need to engage and tell them our position and clearly explain the advantages of following us.
“If they don’t listen, then they should not complain immediately after Mnangagwa is announced the winner.”
Mutasa said the country’s biggest worker representative group would now direct its energies towards demanding a National Transitional Authority that would prepare the country for credible elections.
He said Zimbabwe could not afford another disputed election adding that this would the troubled country into economic and political turmoil.
Trust Africa Director, Briggs Bomber, said the country was now moving more and more towards a very dangerous territory, noting there was poised to be a vicious stalemate as ZEC had indicated that the printing of the ballot papers was a done deal.
“If you see the masses that turned out yesterday (Wednesday) and the message from Nelson Chamisa, we can’t fool ourselves to say that things are okay. We need to prepare ourselves for that and strengthen the institutions that protect the political space,” he said.
“Now it’s ZEC versus the MDC Alliance; what if it becomes MDC versus Zanu PF. So, we need to expand the voices that speak to this current crisis. We need to bring in labour and key stakeholders so that we have inclusive dialogue.”