ZEC Defiancy, MDC To Meet And Decide On Next Move
24 July 2018
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By Paul Nyathi|The Nelson Chamisa led MDC-T has called for an urgent National Executive Committee meeting to pave a way forward after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission refused to budge to its concerns regarding the ballot paper and the voters’ roll to be used in the elections set for Monday.

The urgent meeting comes up after Chamisa made several threats at his election campaign rallies that if the ZEC fails to listen to the party demands then elections will not be held.

The Chamisa led MDC-T working under the banner of the MDC Alliance has been making demands that ZEC withdraws the ballot papers that have been printed and ready to be used in the elections on Monday.

The opposition alliance of seven political parties claims that the ballot paper being used by ZEC was imported from Russia and has a scientific effect that will shift ballots cast for the opposition to the ruling ZANU PF as an election rigging method.

The MDC Alliance further claims that the ballot paper has been designed in a manner that favours ZANU PF leader President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

In a meeting held with the electoral commission on Tuesday, the MDC Alliance demanded that the ballot paper be redesigned and be reprinted in the presence of all contesting parties, a demand which was turned down by the Commission.

The party meeting set for Wednesday morning will come up with a decision on how to proceed following ZEC’s decision on the concerns they raised.

Meanwhile, police in Harare have also refused to sanction an urgent public gathering set for Wednesday requested by the MDC Alliance. The police claim that they have already sanctioned a rally for the party in Harare set for Saturday and can not sanction another gathering.

The MDC intended to demonstrate against ZEC and march to the elections body offices in Harare where the party supporters would camp outside until its demands are met.

ZimEye.com is keeping watch on the events as they unfold.