“ZEC Acted Illegally By Registering MDC T Logo With Dr Khupe’s Party”: Chamisa
19 June 2018
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By Own Correspondent| The MDC T faction led by Advocate Nelson Chamisa who is also the MDC Alliance presidential candidate has accused the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of seeking to cause confusion among voters by allowing Thokozani Khupe to register her party as MDC-T using a similar symbol to that of the MDC Alliance, Chamisa’s spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda has claimed.

Sibanda accused the ZEC of acting illegally arguing that the elections body violated Section 10 of the Electoral Act.

“ZEC acted illegally. They violated Chapter 26 and, in particular, Section 10 of the Electoral Act.

The commission should not have accepted Khupe’s papers with the same symbol under the banner of the MDC-T because we had submitted our papers first,” he said.

Sibanda accused ZEC of being an unfair and biased referee whose actions would cause confusion among the electorate.

“In this case, the referee is not fair and we have a firm belief that they are biased or they are deliberately out to cause confusion within the electorate.

If indeed Zec was fair and wanted to play an impartial arbiter, they should have asked Khupe to demand her right to the symbol through the courts,” said Sibanda.

He revealed that his party would challenge the use of the MDC T logo by Dr Khupe’s faction and ensure that ZEC acts according to the law and reverse their decision.

“The president (Chamisa) will challenge this and cause Zec to follow the law. We will force Zec to reverse this decision,” he said.

Dr Khupe’s deputy, Obert Gutu however f ismissed the claims arguing that contrary to Sibanda’s claims, his party did not register the symbol at the Nomination Court but did so months before.

“It’s absolute nonsense. Our symbol was not registered with Zec on the day of the nomination court, but months ago.

They have tried to go to court to stop us but have failed. They will fail again,” said Gutu.