Act on our demands or there wont be elections: Chamisa

By Staff reporter

MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa said there will not be any elections held come July or August of this year if electoral reforms are not put in place.

Addressing thousands of people at Mbizo 4 Shopping Centre, in Kwekwe, Chamisa told supporters that the Alliance has come up with 10 points outlined in their Plan and Environment for A Credible Election in Zimbabwe (PEACE) policy document that will be launched next week.

The Kuwadzana East legislator added that if the Zanu PF led-government does not act to their demands on reforms elections will not go ahead.

“Next week we will launch a 10 point PEACE roadmap, if it is not implemented there will be no elections, some people think we will boycott elections, no, there will not be elections without us.

“Our 10 PEACE demands do not suggest we boycott elections if they are not implemented there will not be any elections at all,” he said.

Chamisa added that until reforms were put in place there would not be any progress and made reference to the Electoral Amendment Bill currently being debated in Parliament adding that they are also monitoring the hiring and firing taking place at the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

“There is hiring and firing at ZEC, first Makarau just resigned now we see another appointment of (Utoile) Silaigwana whose hands are not clean, we want to know who is printing the ballot papers and where are they being printed, how many are they and we have put in place an anti- rigging team,” he said.

The 10 point PEACE demands are said to have been produced by the Alliance’s Policy and Research committee chaired by Tendai Biti and speaks to the following.

1 Independence of the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission (ZEC), including the independence and professionalization of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Secretariat.
2 The creation of an authentic biometric voters’ roll properly audited and signed off by all stakeholders.
3 Full disclosure and transparency around the ballot paper, its technical status, its printing and its distribution thereof.
4 The complete de-securitisation of election institutions and the electoral process, incorporating the exclusion of Zimbabwe’s security sector from managing the incumbent ZANU PF’s election campaign.
5 Provision for Zimbabweans residing in the Diaspora to vote in the election.
6 Media reforms allowing for equal access to public media by all contenders in the election.
7 The enactment of major amendments to the Electoral Act and the repealing of restrictive laws such as the Public Order Security Act (POSA); Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA); and the Broadcasting Services Act (BSA).
8 Allowing entry of international monitors and supervisors at least 3 months before the 2018 election and provision for the SADC and the United Nations to supervise the poll.
9 Absence of violence and intimidation before, during and after the election.
10 Political impartiality of traditional leaders, including the abolition of politicized food aid in election campaigns.

 

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