MDC-T rejects Sadc calls

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MDC-T National standing committee has rejected calls by the Sadc Observer Mission to accept the outcome of the just ended crucial elections in Zimbabwe in which Zanu PF has taken an unassailable lead.

Report by Elias Mambo/Herbert Moyo

Addressing journalists in Harare party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said his party had an urgent meeting and resolved to dismiss calls by the Sadc mission to accept the results of the elections in which MDC-T has already lost control of its former stronghold provinces such as Manicaland and Masvingo.

“MDC-T totally rejects the electoral fraud in which the election has been marred by massive intimidation of voters and systematic rigging,” Mwonzora said.

Mwonzora also said the endorsements by the AU and Sadc observer groups are not acceptable because there has been evidence of rampant electoral rigging and victimisation.

“Secretary General Tendai Biti took the observers to Mt Pleasant where rigging was taking place and the police want to arrest him for that. So Sadc cannot say that the elections were free and fair,” Mwonzora said.

“The mission also failed to certify the results as fair so the results cannot be acceptable.” In a pressing briefing on Friday morning the Sadc Observer Mission commended Zec for holding the elections in a peaceful environment.

“Elections the world over are not perfect and any political party that loses must accept. To what costs will the results be nullified,” asked Bernard Membe, the mission leader.

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