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Leave ZEC alone: Mnangagwa

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By Daniel Chigundu

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said political parties should leave the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to do its electoral duties independently as required by the law.

Most of the political parties and independent candidates participating in this year’s elections are reportedly not happy with the way ZEC has been conducting its business.

Several candidates interviewed have complained that they are not being given information or access to voting material as required by the Electoral Act and the country’s constitution.

Some have had to engage the courts of law to force ZEC to release certain materials such as the provisional voters roll and list of polling stations.

However, addressing party supporters during an election campaign rally at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera, President Mnangagwa said ZEC should be given its independence and not be interfered with.

“No political party should give instructions to ZEC, ZEC must be guided by the Electoral Act and by the Constitution and we in Zanu PF obey the rule of law,” he said.

MDC Alliance Presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa has been the most vocal of the other Presidential candidates demanding to inspect the ballot paper printing process, its storage and eventual distribution, a demand which ZEC say is not provided for in the law.

Chamisa is also not happy with the way the Presidential ballot paper was designed arguing that it was made to give Mnangagwa an advantage over other candidates.

Meanwhile, President Mnangagwa has reiterated his call for a peaceful election, adding that there was no reason for people to fight as Zanu PF is guaranteed of victory owing to its alleged legion of supporters.

“So am saying to you we want this electoral process to be without any violence, we don’t want any violence, they would do their best to provoke you so that there is violence, but don’t be provoked you are too big to be provoked.

“You are massive to be provoked by puppies so let’s make sure in these few days left let’s go to elections in peace and this time around the whole country is very peaceful anybody can go anywhere and campaign.

“Let them campaign but we know we are the masters, we who are in Zanu PF are going to determine the direction and destiny of this country, victory is certain,” he said.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He writes for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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