Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Priscilla Chigumba has responded to a letter from MDC Alliance (MDC-A) secretary-general Chalton Hwende dated 31 August 2020, in which the opposition party demanded to know why ZEC was filling Senate and Proportional Representative seats won by the MDC-A with members of the Thokozani Khupe-led MDC-T.
Chigumba said ZEC was simply following the law. In her response to the Nelson Chamisa-led party on 2 September, Chigumba wrote:
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) would like to state that the filling of vacant seats following recalls by the MDC-T was not a result of instructions from that party as you allege but merely a result of a peremptory process triggered by Parliament notices given to ZEC.
The Commission is thus simply complying with legal provisions that guide it when implementing resultant proceedings as outlined in its mandate.
Please kindly note that the Commission wrote to all stakeholders, including you, explaining how it intended to fill the vacant seats under discussion in the spirit of engaging with its varied stakeholders and not as a gesture of acknowledging anything more than stakeholder engagement.
The judicially reconstructed MDC-T has recalled 21 MDC Alliance MPs and has since sent to ZEC its candidates to replace the 15 Senate and PR legislators.
Despite getting only 45 000 votes in the 2018 presidential elections, Khupe has nominated herself and her chief aide, Khaliphani Phugeni, as parliamentary candidates.