Zapu leader Dumiso Dabengwa has claimed that the ruling Zanu-PF is behind at least 80 political parties which have been registered with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to participate in the upcoming 2018 harmonised elections. Dabengwa claimed that Zanu-PF was sponsoring the parties in order give the polls legitimacy if the opposition parties fulfil their threats to boycott the polls. ZEC has revealed that more than 100 political parties have registered so far.
Addressing the media at the Bulawayo Media Centre on Thursday, Dabengwa said,
We are looking at the election and making our minds. Remember, there are over 100 opposition parties that have now been formed and I can assure you that 80 percent of them are state sponsored.
Taking into account that some major opposition parties decide to boycott the elections, that 80% will contest the elections and of course they will lose.
So, the opposition has to weigh the situation very closely. They need to look at the rigging tactics. Fortunately, most of the rigging tactics have been exposed. Right now, 60 to 80 percent of the rigging machinery can be countered. The remaining percentage has got little effect.
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