Zec Bans Chamisa’s MDC Alliance from attending stakeholders’meeting

We note with concern that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has barred representatives of the MDC Alliance (including Hon. Madzimure of Harare Province) from participating in its provincial stakeholder engagement process. This is part of a wider scheme to deprive the MDC Alliance of its right to be heard on important matters of electoral reform and unlawfully exclude the people’s party from the nation’s political processes.

This exclusion of the MDC Alliance from provincial stakeholder meetings is being done in pursuit of a toxic politically-partisan agenda. The said conduct violates section 236 of the Constitution which requires ZEC to be independent, impartial and faithful to the rule of law. It is manifestly unconstitutional for ZEC to prejudice the lawful interests of the MDC Alliance by excluding us from the engagement process.

Regrettably, ZEC has betrayed its captured hand through this unprofessional conduct and exposed its bias against the people’s party. We urge ZEC not to behave like or further the interests of a political party. Rather, it must conduct itself as a professional, independent electoral management body. It is for the people and not ZEC to choose their candidates and to decide who will represent them. The attempt to write President Nelson Chamisa and the party he leads out of the nation’s political processes must be exposed for what it is: panic on the part of the regime as it knows that it lacks popular support and cannot win a free and fair election against the MDC Alliance.

We reiterate our call for electoral reform and constitutional conduct on the part of ZEC. We decry partisan conduct that serves the interests of the regime in Harare. The MDC Alliance is the biggest political party in the nation. There is no lawful excuse for barring it from stakeholder engagement. The MDC Alliance is the only political party that has put forward an alternative Electoral Bill. In line with our Reform Agenda, we have also published our Principles for Reliable, Inclusive and Credible Elections in Zimbabwe as an alternative to the present electoral policies that do not bode well for democracy or a credible, fair electoral process. We have formally written to ZEC to seek engagement on the reforms roadmap and our attempts to engage have been ignored. There is no competent basis for excluding our party from the engagement process as required by law and regional best practice.

The only explanation for this unusual conduct by ZEC is that they are being unconstitutionally influenced to try and decimate the main opposition to serve the interests of the regime’s elites.

The people will not allow this to happen. The citizens are converging for change and a resounding 6 million strong victory for the people’s President, Adv Nelson Chamisa.

Source- MDC Spokesperson Advocate Fadzayi Mahere

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