Political analysts have warned the MDC Alliance against boycotting elections saying doing so would be tantamount to abandoning the fight for the democratisation of Zimbabwe.
This comes after MDC-A secretary-general Chalton Hwende on Sunday said it would be better not to contest in any election if the party name is “stolen” by Zanu PF working in cahoots with the MDC-T.
However, political analyst Rashweat Mukundu said boycotting elections can only play in Zanu PF’s hands. Said Mukundu:
I don’t think it is a good idea. We know the conduct of elections in Zimbabwe is not free because of the nature of the management of the electoral management body that is essentially controlled by the ruling party.
But fighting elections whether they are free or not is actually part of fighting for the democratisation of Zimbabwe.
Boycotting will serve the interest of Zanu PF and will not serve the interest of advancing democracy in Zimbabwe.
For me, engaging in elections is not a question of being happy with the processes, but is a question of maintaining the front for the fight for democracy.
We have seen that opposition parties boycotting elections can only play in the hands of the ruling party.
In the case of Zimbabwe, the MDC Alliance has to deal with identity issues and has to deal with mobilising a lot of people to vote and deal with its identity.
United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean legal expert, Alex Magaisa also warned the MDC Alliance against shunning elections.
He said boycotting elections is exactly what Zanu PF wants the MDC Alliance to do as it guarantees the ruling party an easy ride.