The opposition MDC Alliance has threatened to organise a massive vigil at the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) head offices which will last until the July 30 elections unless the electoral commission agrees to the opposition’s demands for greater transparency. ZEC has been given until the end of business day today, after which the opposition has promised to sleep in the streets until election day. MDC Alliance principal Tendai Biti told NewsDay,
We will be leading from the front, we will be living on the streets. We are not going to allow this election to be stolen. They can kill us. We are prepared to die for free, fair and credible elections. We have given Zec a deadline and if they don’t address the issues raised in the petition by Monday, then we will be living on the streets. We have said this over and over again, there will be no voting. Some people talk about us boycotting the election, I don’t know where they get that. We are not boycotting, there will be no election.
MDC-T deputy treasurer-general Charlton Hwende also wrote on his Facebook page,
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However, Zanu-PF dismissed the opposition’s threats, with the party’s deputy legal secretary Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana saying,
Does the MDC have a country or they are just a political party that is in a country which has a government? They cannot tell this nation what it can and cannot do. They are one of the 55 political parties participating in an election. So where do they get the authority to do declarations as if they are the ruling party?
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