Build Zimbabwe Alliance presidential candidate Noah Manyika has said Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba and her colleagues at the electoral management body must resign if they fail to address the oppositions’ concerns.
In a press statement, Manyika said ZEC has little interest in transparency and the pursuit of a fair and level electoral playing field. Below is Manyika’s full statement:
PRESS STATEMENT FROM THE BUILD ZIMBABWE ALLIANCE REGARDING THE IMPARTIALITY OF THE ZIMBABWE ELECTORAL COMMISSION
It is with grave concern that we note the continuing impasse between the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and many in the opposition regarding the perceived fairness of the election process. We have made statements regarding our own concerns in the past. However the matter is of such gravity now, and the issues so numerous that we believe a further statement of our position is required.
Over the past weeks, Zimbabwe’s opposition has raised concerns about the printing of the ballot paper, the integrity of the voters roll, the location of polling stations and the questionable process of postal votes amongst others. The basis of the objections is in the public domain, as are the inadequate responses from the ZEC, and we will not go into these matters further: they are merely the symptoms of a profound lack of trust in a body that is supposed to be impartial.
It has reached such a point that we in the Build Zimbabwe Alliance believe that there is no reasonable doubt that ZEC has little interest in transparency and the pursuit of a fair and level electoral playing field.
In consequence of the above, the Build Zimbabwe Alliance calls for the ZEC to immediately address all key opposition concerns, failing which we call for the resignation of the Chairperson and commissioners of the ZEC to be followed by an impartial reconstitution of this body. There is no other way to restore the trust so urgently required.
We thank the international community for their observation missions and call on them to note our deep reservations. We wish for our country that which you expect from yours: free and fair elections. It is not acceptable that this election be simply a small improvement on the wholly deficient elections of the past.
DR. NOAH MANYIKA
Noah Manyika is a Zimbabwean politician and cleric based in the United States of America. He is the current leader of the political party Build Zimbabwe Alliance and a Senior Pastor of NeXus Church and president and founder of NeXus Ministries. Read More About Noah Manyika
The Build Zimbabwe Alliance is Zimbabwean political party that was registered in October 2016. The party is led by Dr. Noah Manyika. The party was formed ahead of the harmonised 2018 elections. Read More About Build Zimbabwe Alliance
Justice Priscilla Chigumba is a judge of the High Court of Zimbabwe and the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). Justice Chigumba succeded Justice Rita Makarau as the chairperson of ZEC. Chigumba was appointed the chairperson of ZEC on 31 January 2018. Read More About Priscilla Chigumba