MDC Seeks To Stop Postal Voting

THE MDC’s lawyers are considering filing an urgent application with the High Court seeking an order to stop postal voting and the removal of a ban on their rallies while raising what they see as technical and administrative errors associated with the June 27 presidential run-off.

 

The lawyers met the party leaders yesterday at the MDC headquarters where they discussed a number of issues they considered problematic ahead of the run-off between their leader Morgan Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe.

“A number of issues were raised in the meeting by MDC leaders that range from controversial postal voting by security forces, continuous ban of MDC rallies by police despite a High Court order that overturned the ban, and technical and administrative errors,” one of the lawyers said.

MDC spokesperson, Nelson Chamisa, claimed this week that secret voter registration was taking place in Murehwa, Mutoko, Wedza and Marondera and some parts of Shamva, Mt Darwin, Rushinga and Chiweshe.

“We know that they are registering people by giving them back-dated voter registration certificates so that they can vote in the coming election,” Chamisa alleged. “The MDC is going to challenge the government in court.”

The opposition party also accused the government of conducting an unclear postal voting process by security forces.

“We have received reports that police in Bulawayo are voting while in other parts they are being given forms to fill for postal ballots. The MDC is challenging this because we were not informed as to when the police will be voting and the process so that our agents can be sent.

“The whole process is not transparent. The police are also not allowed to exercise their right to vote for the leader they want as they are to vote in the presence of their commissioners,” he said.

However, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission deputy chief elections officer, Utoile Silaigwana said he was not aware of the secret voter registration, but emphasised that registration was an ongoing process.

He said: “People should seriously take note that those who are registering to vote right now cannot vote in the 27 June run-off, but can vote in the elections that come after, like next year.”

By Wongai Zhangazha