Hardline Zanu stance threatens talks

HARARE - Zanu (PF) is determined to retain the partisan Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede in a move that looks likely to scuttle President Thabo Mbeki's peace talks.

“There are no changes that the regime seems willing to make on the composition of ZEC and MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai’s request to have an all-parties initiative to look into voter registration was turned down,” said and MDC source.

“We also understand that the delimitation process will be done by another outfit comprising Zanu (PF) loyalists and that really causes a lot of concern,” he added.

The Zanu (PF) regime recently announced that the redrawing of boundaries would start soon, but dismissed a reconstituted ZEC including members appointed by the opposition as “wishful thinking”.

A source privy to the goings-on in Pretoria, where Mbeki is trying to broker an agreement between Zanu (PF) and MDC says, “there is a stalemate over a number of decisive issues and unless either side compromises, it is likely the process will collapse.” – Itai Dzamara

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