Will of people will prevail: ZEC warns securocrats

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commissioner, Professor Geoff Feltoe, has warned securocrats against disregarding the will of the electorate in choosing a president of their choice.

Augustine Chihuri
Augustine Chihuri

ZEC has vowed to declare the winner of the next presidential election within five days. Feltoe said ZEC would not be intimidated by certain individuals like Brigadier General Douglas Nyikayaramba, Prison Services Chief Paradzai Zimondi and Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri, who have said they would only recognize a leader with liberation war credentials.

Feltoe has urged the security chiefs to be professional in carrying out their duties. “The security sector comprises professional institutions and we expect them to operate professionally, without any resistance, as enshrined in our constitution,” he said.

The commissioner also called on everyone to respect the outcome of the presidential elections and take a leaf from Zambia, where there was a recent smooth transfer of power from Rupiah Banda to Michael Sata without any incidents.

ZEC has promised to accord equal campaigning opportunities to political parties in the run-up to elections and urged them to address violence as a matter of urgency.

Among the envisaged electoral reforms are special courts to deal with any violence during elections, and liaison officers to be based at polling stations. Election results will be announced at polling station level to avoid delays and tampering with the ballots during transportation to command centres.

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