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Linda Masarira Says ZEC Should Be Disbanded

Labour, Economists and African Democrats (LEAD) president Linda Masarira says the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) should be dissolved for failing to fulfil its mandate.

Masarira, who is also Harare Central by-election candidate for her party, said her name was missing from the voters’ roll, just a week before the country holds by-elections on 26 March.

Speaking on This Morning on Asakhe, a current affairs program hosted by CITE on Twitter Spaces, on Friday, Masarira, claimed ZEC keeps different voters’ rolls raising suspicions that the elections management body was up to something sinister. Said Masarira:

At this juncture, I feel that ZEC must be disbanded because it is failing to fulfil its constitutional mandate.

It is failing to be independent. It is failing to ensure that they run credible elections, and lastly, they have failed to ensure that the Code of conduct is upheld by all the candidates and all the political parties as they continue to take sides.

We noticed a couple of days that the voters roll in my possession which I was given a week after Nomination Court [sitting] by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission at the Harare candidates meeting was actually missing a couple of names, my name included and when we realized this, my chief election agent, the following day then visited ZEC provincial election offices and they said that there was an omission and they then gave us another disk, which had my name inside and other names that we had realized had been omitted from the initial voters’ roll that they had supplied to us.

So I contacted my lawyers and they’ve written a letter to ZEC to clarify how many copies of the voters’ roll are there.

We are still waiting for their response, after which we’ll be taking the matter to court because it seems that there are some shenanigans that are happening at Zimbabwe Electoral Commission because Precious my Harare, East candidate, our secretary-general, Precious Musarurwa, was also supplied with the wrong voters’ roll at the Harare candidates meeting, and she was given the voters’ roll for Highfields instead of Harare East, so it means that there’s a lot that is happening at ZEC and they have to put their house in order.

We are now concerned about the credibility and the astuteness of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to be running our elections in Zimbabwe as they continue to give us a biased side of how they do things. Furthermore, we’re still facing a lot of challenges of having ZEC being independent.

Zimbabwe holds by-elections on 26 March to fill in 28 parliamentary and over 120 council seats that have fallen vacant over the past two years due to recalls and deaths of sitting MPs and Councillors.

More: CITE

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2 comments on “Linda Masarira Says ZEC Should Be Disbanded

  1. The only party which found ZEC to be a good body is ZANU (PF) and Mwonzora.The rest of the opposition knows that this ZEC is biased

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