MDC to oppose 2010 elections (14-12-06)

HARARE - The ruling Zanu (PF) party, which tomorrow is expected to endorse the harmonization of the legislative and presidential polls in 2010, has already instructed the

Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC) and the Registrar of Voters to stop preparing for the presidential elections “until further notice”.

Authoritative sources said Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede and ZEC chairman Justice George Chiweshe had both been told to concentrate on rural district council and the Parliamentary by-elections in the Chiredzi South constituency, which fell vacant following the death of Zanu (PF) MP Aaron Baloyi.

The sources, in both Mudede and Chiweshe’s offices, said they were also told “to forget” about the critical presidential election until “further notice” and focus their efforts on urban council elections which are due in August next year.

But Nelson Chamisa, spokesman for the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai, said the party would contest the extension of Mugabe’s term describing it as “constitutional fraud.” Chamisa’s opposite number in the splinter MDC faction, Gabriel Chaibva, said his party would “actively resist” any overture to extend Mugabe’s mandate. Diplomats and civic groups said the issue should be put to referendum, instead of being decided by one party.

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